How do you maintain oral health? The first things that come to mind are probably brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna twice a year. You might also list diet factors such as limiting sugary drinks and getting enough calcium.
When people are quizzed about preventative dental care, they rarely mention athletic mouth protection. But it’s a biggie.
Don’t Be a (Grim) Statistic
Did you know that over five million people per year experience tooth injury playing sports? Many of those injuries cause a tooth to be completely knocked out. Ouch!
Not only is it painful and traumatic, but a knocked-out tooth is also time-consuming and costly to restore.
An Indispensable Part of Your Sports Gear
An inexpensive mouth guard can protect teeth during sporting activities. At Choose Your Smile, we advise our patients to include mouthguards as an essential part of their sports gear. That’s right. Your mouthguard should be in your duffel along with your basketball shorts and water bottle.
Beginnin in 1962, high school and collegiate football players were required to wear face guards and mouth protectors. Since then the rate of orofacial injuries in football has fallen to about one-half of pone percent.
Dental health authorities recommend parents have children use mouthguards for all organized sports. That means gymnastics, skiing, and lacrosse—not just basketball, football, and wrestling.
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