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PlaySafe® Sports Mouthguards.
If your child splits his or her lip it will heal, but a broken tooth does not “heal”. The National Youth Sports Foundation estimates that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out in sporting activities this year. In fact, dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports.The danger is real, and parents of school age children, teenagers, and young adults are well advised to take the proper precautions to help avoid serious injury to children and athletes.
There is a reason professional athletes and adults involved in contact sports choose dentist fabricated custom mouthguards to protect their smiles from the inevitable perils associated with most sports. Serious trauma, caused by an elbow blow for example, can be avoided if the soccer or field hockey player is wearing a PlaySafe® mouthguard from All Smiles. The American Dental Association estimates that more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented every year by athletes using PlaySafe® sports mouthguards. All Smiles Family Dental Center offers its Vermont patients PlaySafe® mouthguards, and we are not alone; PlaySafe® is the most prescribed mouthguard in the Untied States, Europe and Australia.
According to Dr. Lynne Addiego and Dr. John Steinman, of All Smiles, lifetime dental rehabilitation costs can approach several thousand dollars per tooth, for a child or athlete who looses a tooth (or teeth) in a sporting injury. This does not include the associated costs of hours in the dental office and the possible development of secondary problems, such as periodontal disease. The good news is that statistics show that PlaySafe® mouthguards, which are customized to fit your mouth by a dentist, when worn properly, decrease the risk of injury by 99 percent.
“The total rehabilitation costs for a single knocked-out tooth are more than 20 times the preventative cost for a custom laminated, professional grade mouthguard. Compared to oral rehabilitation costs, a mouthguard is relatively inexpensive.” says Dr. Steinman.
The Problem With “Boil and Bite” Mouthguards
Sporting goods store “boil and bite” mouth guards are not cutting it. Read on to learn why…
Unless dramatic improvements are made, boil and bite mouthguards will not be promoted by All Smiles dentists to their sporting patients. Comparing dentist fabricated, custom sports mouthguards with the stock or boil and bite type mouthguards typically found in sporting goods stores, reveals significant differences. Boil and bite type mouthguards do not fit as accurately as custom fabricated types, so they are often uncomfortable and frequently interfere with the athlete’s breathing and speaking ability. Also, boil and bite mouthguards provide a false sense of protection due to the dramatic decrease in thickness when the athlete bites it into place during its softened state.