The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that every year nearly three million teeth are damaged or knocked during the course of youth athletics. Contact sports, especially those that can result in blows to the chin or face are considered to be one of the primary sources for these types of injuries. In many of these situations the damage could have been prevented if the athlete was wearing a mouth guard.
Retail level mouthguards, stock guards and boil and bite mouthpieces, often feel bulky or make it hard to breath. As a result, some youth athletes will wear them infrequently.
The most effective option for protecting your mouth during sports is to talk to your dentist about being fitted for a custom mouth guard. These durable, thermoplastic units are custom designed to conform to your personal bite pattern for maximum comfort and ease of breathing. New research has even found that in some cases a custom mouth guards can reduce the chances of concussion and even certain brain injuries.
The bottom line is that, the cost of a custom mouth guard greatly outweighs the cost of repairing or replacing damaged and lost teeth. With proper care they can provide years of protection for their mouth.
If you are interested in having your youth athlete fitted for a custom mouth guard, please feel free to call us at 952.890.2791 to schedule an appointment.