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Sports Mouthguard Facts

Facts from the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety

  • Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports; the majority of these dental injuries are preventable.
  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.
  • The cost of a fractured tooth is many times greater than the cost of a dentist diagnosed and designed professionally made mouthguard.
  • Every athlete involved in contact sport has about a 10% chance per season of an orofacial injury, or a 33-56% chance during an athletic career.
  • The cost to replant a tooth and the follow-up dental treatment is about $5000.
  • Victims of knocked out teeth who do not have a tooth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $15,000-$20,000/tooth, hours in the dental chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as periodontal disease.
  • It is estimated that faceguards and mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football.
  • The stock mouthguard which is bought at sports stores without any individual fitting, provide only a low level of protection, if any. If the wearer is rendered unconscious, there is a risk the mouthguard may lodge in the throat potentially causing an airway obstruction.

 

Facts from the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association

  • A properly fitted mouthguard reduces the chances of sustaining a concussion from a blow to the jaw.
  • Mouthguards should be worn at all times during competition; in practice as well as in games.
  • Contact your local dental society and association for information on dentists and mouthguard programs in your area.
  • The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling.