By the time you read this, high school athletes across Florida will be getting ready for the fall sports season. And it won’t be long until winter sports start, too.
That’s also a great reminder for you to visit our family dentist office if you live in or near Panama City. We can create custom-fitted athletic mouthguards for the people whose smiles you love the most. Protecting their teeth can keep them smiling long after the games are finished.
Today, we want to talk about why your family’s sports stars should protect their teeth — and for more sports than you may realize.
Who Needs A Mouthguard?
In which of these sports should athletes wear mouthguards?
The answer is all of the above, according to the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Orthodontists …. You get the idea. Dental professionals want you to protect your smile whether mouthguards are required (football, wrestling) or recommended (basketball, soccer, volleyball).
The truth is that the ADA, AAPD, and other organizations recommend wearing a mouthguard for any high-impact sport. To determine if you or someone you love is playing a high-impact sport, just answer these questions:
Does the sport involve jumping?
Does the sport involve running and changing speeds and/or directions?
Does the sport involve physical contact between participants?
Does the sport involve flying objects, such as balls, pucks, or other equipment?
If you said yes to one or more of those questions, then you are playing a high-impact sport. Any of these could lead to jarring motion or impacts that can cause teeth to become broken, cracked, or knocked out.
Does Wearing A Mouthguard Really Make A Difference?
Yes, it does.
Athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who do wear them. That’s from the ADA, AAPD, and other professional organizations.
Let that sink in for a minute. Every year hundreds of thousands of children suffer oral injuries, many of which could be prevented by wearing a mouthguard.
While athletes of all ages and skill levels should take steps to protect their teeth, statistics show that children between the ages of 7 and 11 are the most vulnerable to sports-related injuries.
Custom-Fitted Mouthguards Are Your Best Option
For the sake of comparison, let’s compare your mouthguard options to motor vehicles.
Not wearing a mouthguard is like riding a motorcycle without a helmet. It only takes one bad move for things to go very wrong.
A stock mouthguard is like riding in a car. You’ve got some protection from small impacts, but a bigger hit could still be a problem.
A boil-and-bite mouthguard can be molded to a degree. This is like riding in a car with a seat belt. It won’t prevent an accident from happening, but it may limit how much damage you receive.
A custom-fitted mouthguard is like a driving a car with a five-point harness like you might find on a NASCAR track. These provide the best protection you can get.
Custom-fitted mouthguards also have the advantage of being smaller than the bulky mouthguards you will find in a department store. This makes the custom-fitted mouthguard more comfortable to wear and less likely to cause a problem with communicating with teammates or affecting your breathing during a practice or game.
Keep Smiling When The Games Are Over
Win or lose, your sons and daughters will have plenty of reasons to smile when their playing days are over.
Contact Panama City Smiles today to get mouthguards for all the athletes in your family — youth league stars, high school performers, and weekend warriors. Fill out our online form or call 850-588-0185 to request your appointment as soon as you can.