This statistic is not one to be proud of! The US Sports Safety Foundation estimates that more than 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth sporting events during the year ahead. In many cases, this tooth loss is probably entirely preventable by ensuring young athletes are wearing a mouthguard. However, an American Academy of Orthodontics survey showed that an overwhelming “84% of children do not wear mouth guards while playing organised sports.” So what should be done to prevent dental injuries?
In Australia, a far greater proportion of young sports players wear a mouthguard. According to the Australian Dental Association, 36 percent of Australian kids wear a mouth guard during games. This still leaves nearly two-thirds of our young athletes at risk of sustaining dental injuries. It’s not only teeth that are in danger: the jaw, soft tissues, head and neck are all vulnerable to injury during sport.
Properly-fitted sports mouthguards prevent dental and facial injuries in athletes.
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