As a parent, you likely work hard to instruct your children on the value of keeping their teeth healthy and safe by brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. However, no matter how healthy their teeth are, their smiles are still prone to sport-related injuries.
As parents ourselves, we definitely appreciate the importance of youth sports and all they have to offer. As your source for a Seattle orthodontist, we are also surprised at the amount of dental protection we see on the field and wanted to take the opportunity to educate you about why it’s crucial to not overlook protecting your children’s teeth.
Providing Superior Protection
Here are some of the reasons our SportsGuards are superior to store-bought mouthguards:
- The materials are much more durable
- With a customized fit, they offer better protection for your child by being more secure
- They are better designed to minimizing the risk of injury to the teeth, jaw bone, gums, and tongue
- “High school football players wearing store-bought, over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injures (MTBI)/concussions than those wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouthguards.” (Medical News Today).
So whether you’re a fan of high-impact sports or a non-competitive game among friends, specialized SportsGuards are the superior choice for adults and kids alike. Remember, you’re a unique individual and that includes your teeth.
Sports and Your Teeth
According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF), more than three million teeth were knocked out in sporting activities last year – especially in baseball and basketball. That’s a lot of toothless grins!
One of the main culprits for this staggering number is improperly protected teeth.
While sporting events require athletes to wear protective gear such as helmets and shoulder pads, mouthguards are optional, putting many exposed smiles in danger. The NYSSF reported athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.
Despite this high risk, many people take no measures to protect their smiles with mouthgaurds. Or, some do wear a mouthguard but have chosen an inadequate, store-bought brand, which could further harm their smile.
When it comes to keeping your teeth safe, not all mouthguards are created equal.
Fitted Just For You
Mouthguards available at sporting goods stores are typically sold as one-size-fits-all. It’s hoped that regardless of a child’s age, sport, and unique oral health condition, these standard boil-and-bite mouthguards will somehow fit them properly. If you’ve ever tried on a one-size-fits-all shirt or pair of gloves, you know all too well just how ill-fitting it can be…too small, too loose, and too uncomfortable.
On the other hand, at LVO your top source for a Seattle orthodontist, we create custom-fitted SportsGuards, which are superior in nearly every way. Rather than store bought mouthguards that necessitate a clenched bite to keep it in place, customized mouthguards are made to fit your child’s mouth perfectly so they can focus on the game at hand. If it feels right, it is more likely to actually be used!
Book your appointment for a custom-fitted sports SportsGuard today. We’re happy to do our part to help you enjoy your sports activities while keeping your smile safe along the way.
All proceeds from SportsGuards sold between now and August 1, 2014 will benefit Mary’s Place, a local organization we work with.
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