How important are mouth guards for athletes? According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, athletes have 60 times more chances of suffering from tooth damage if they don’t have mouth guards during sports activities. In 2012, the foundation estimated more than 3 million knocked out teeth from the various youth sports event throughout the year.
That’s why the coaches as well as parents are being reminded to make sure that young athletes wear face and mouth protection during organized and recreational sports. The reminder was deemed necessary because according to the American Association of Orthodontists, their survey shows that 67 percent of parents admitted that their children did not have mouth guards during organized sports.
In addition, an American Dental Association news release stated that most children did not know that wearing a mouth guard was required during organized sports competitions.
Various dental health organizations such as: the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Orthodontists advocate the use of mouth guards for young athletes not only to prevent damage to the teeth but also to protect the jaws.
Wearing a mouth guard always during contact sports activities can save parents from the expense of repairing damage teeth and the athletes from the pain and inconvenience of the restorative dental procedure.