Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury sustained during sports participation in America. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation, more than five million teeth will be knocked out in sporting activities this year alone. The American Dental Association estimates that over 200,000 of these injuries are prevented each year by the use of sports mouthguards.
BENEFITS OF SPORTS MOUTHGUARDS
Dr. David Weinstock and Dr. Jonathan Waasdorp offer custom fit sports mouthguards for the protection of teeth during sports. Custom fit mouthguards offer many benefits to the athlete.
- Secure fit for confident wear
- Protects teeth from tooth loss
- Protects past dental work from damage
- Less likely to fall out than over the counter options
- Can reduce the chance of concussion
WHAT TO EXPECT
The lifetime dental rehabilitation costs can approach several thousand dollars per tooth for the athlete who loses a tooth (or teeth) in a sporting injury. In fact, replacing a single knocked-out tooth will cost more than 20 times the preventive cost of a custom-fit, professional-grade mouthguard.
If you or your child plays soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, rollerblading, skateboarding, martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, roller hockey, ice hockey or lacrosse, wearing a custom fabricated mouthguard could significantly reduce the chance of dental injury and reduce the risk of concussion.
Over-the-counter, “boil-and-bite” type mouthguards do not fit as accurately as custom fabricated types. They are often uncomfortable and interfere with breathing and speaking. Boil-and-bite mouthguards provide a false sense of protection due to the dramatic decrease in thickness created when the athlete bites the softened mouthpiece into place.
No child should be participating in sports without wearing a custom-made athletic guard.