Fall Football Reminders: Always Wear a Mouthguard!

Now that fall is on its way, Viewmont Family Dentistry would like to remind our clients, especially those with children, about the importance of wearing a mouthguard during high-contact sports like football. The American Dental Association projects that one third of all dental injuries are sports-related, and also asserts that the use of a mouthguard can prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year. As much as we like seeing you, we’d much rather see you during your biannual dental check-up and cleaning than for an emergency dental situation! Below is some more information about protecting your teeth this fall.

What can happen without a mouthguard?

The types of dental injuries that can occur without the use of a mouthguard include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Fractured crowns or bridgework
  • Lip and cheek injuries
  • Root damage to the teeth
  • Fractured jaws
  • Concussions

Mouthguards are mandatory in collision sports such as football, hockey, and boxing. But they should also be involved in other contact sports like basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, soccer and volleyball. When it comes to your dental health and safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Sports-Related Tooth Injuries by the Numbers

An ADA-sponsored study of high school athletes found that:

  • 75% of injuries occurred when mouthguards were not worn
  • 56% of all concussions occurred when mouthguards were not worn
  • 40% percent occurred during baseball and basketball season
  • 9% percent of all athletes suffer some type of oral injury
  • 3% percent of athletes report a loss of consciousness

The verdict is clear: child or adult, a mouthguard should be essential for all athletes!

Ask our Hickory NC Dentist: Which Mouthguard Should I Choose?

Mouthguards vary in cost, comfort and durability. Stock mouthguards can be bought in most sporting goods stores, but come in limited sizes. Mouth-formed, or “boil-and-bite” mouthguards are available at sporting goods stores and come in limited sizes. A boil-and-bite mouthguard offers a more personalized fit that can be molded to fit your teeth; however, the plastic is generally thinner in order to be moldable. Finally, Your Apex dentist can make a custom mouthguard that conforms to your mouth, offering a perfect fit. If you need a mouthguard or any other dental service in Hickory NC, call Viewmont Family Dentistry today!