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What sport do you think causes the most dental injuries with kids? If you guessed football… you are right.
The ADA estimated that faceguards and mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football alone. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states the children between the ages of 7-11 are the most susceptible to injury. When all is said and done, it is up to parents to ensure their kids are protected during practices and games at a younger age and train their kids of the importance of wearing #mouth guards when they are older and on their own.
At Spark Orthodontics near Exeter, PA our goal is to ensure parents and patients are well informed when it comes to the importance of wearing a mouth guard during any type of contact sport to protect their beautiful smile over a lifetime. Once adult teeth erupt, there are no second chances. Wearing a mouth guard can make the difference between losing or fracturing a tooth which requires a lifetime of dental repair or owning your own pearly white smile.
During orthodontic treatment in our orthodontic office near Exeter, PA, teeth are much safer when splinted together with brackets and wires to absorb the impact or shock. However, an orthodontic mouth guard is recommended to protect a patient’s lips and cheeks to reduce discomfort caused by the braces.
7 Facts About Oral Related Sports Injuries:
Mouth guards come in a variety of brands and sizes. Whenever possible, dentists recommend that athletes wear a custom mouth guard. Over the counter mouth guards are not only less effective in preventing or reducing damage to teeth and jaws, they require you to constantly bite down in order to keep them in place causing talking and breathing issues which results in kids not wanting to wear them.
A customized mouth guard can be costly when kids are continually losing baby teeth and erupting permanent teeth between the ages of 7-14, requiring frequent replacement. However, the cost of a fractured tooth over a lifetime is many times greater than the cost of a professionally made mouth guard during the years when kids are the most susceptible to injury.
Whether you opt for a custom mouth guard or an over the counter variety while your child is going through dental development, teaching your children the importance of protecting their smile while playing sports is a high priority when raising kids today.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our orthodontic office would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
Dr. Jason Hartman, an award-winning orthodontist near Exeter, PA offers the most advanced braces for children, teens and adults, including Invisalign, clear ceramic braces, metal braces and orthodontics. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation and exam for braces at one of our orthodontic offices in PA. With four convenient orthodontic offices located in Bethlehem, PA, Schuylkill Haven, PA, Temple, PA and Schnecksville, PA there is sure to be an office conveniently located near you. Start your journey to your confident smile today!
Our Bethlehem, PA Orthodontics Office: (610) 865-2777
Our Reading, PA Orthodontics Office: (610) 223-7777
Our Schnecksville, PA Orthodontics Office: (610) 735-0177
Our Schuylkill Haven, PA Orthodontics Office: (570) 385-1344
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