Sports Dentistry Facts
It has been shown that properly fabricated
custom made mouthguards by your dentist can reduce the rate of concussion
as well as dental and mandibular injuries.
Stenger and others have demonstrated in 1962
the reduction of concussions and head and neck injuries as well as reduction
in dental facial injuries when the Notre Dame football team wore professionally
fabricated custom made mouthguards.
Repeated concussions appear to impart cumulative
damage, resulting in increased severity and duration with each incident.
Therefore it is imperative to diagnose and deliver proper custom made mouthguards
to athletes after an episode of concussion.
In football, the chance of having a second
concussion is four times greater than the chance of sustaining a first
Catastrophic brain swelling may occur following
a second minor head injury in individuals who are still symptomatic from
a prior concussion.
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
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
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.
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,
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