The other day we were walking at the track at Huntington High School and saw that someone had left a mouthguard on the field. It reminded us of how easy it is to forget such a small piece of equipment, but how important it is to wear a mouthguard when engaging in any kind of contact sport.
Do you know how important it is to wear a custom fitted mouthguard?
An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth if they are not wearing a protective mouthguard. Many of these injuries lead to permanent damage that requires medical intervention.
No mouthguard means that you are far more likely to experience:
Fracture – which means that your tooth breaks, get chipped or the root of your tooth is broken.
Avulsion – knocking out the entire tooth, including the root structure that anchors it in place. If the tooth cannot be re-implanted, you’ll need to have an artificial tooth glued in permanently to your mouth.
Luxation – when your tooth is still in the socket, but in the wrong position – pointing forward, pushed way back or poking out.
Mouthguards reduce the risk of jaw injuries and absorb some of the force exerted on the head and neck. Custom mouthguards are thicker and fit better, so they provide even better protection.
Gellerman Orthodontics has offered FREE custom mouthguards to the young athletes in our community for many years .If you or your team wants to protect your smile and your health, please call our office to arrange for individual ora group visit.