Got game? Only if your teeth are protected
(NC)— Research shows that orofacial injury in sports is prevalent but preventable. Hockey, soccer, football, rugby, martial arts, lacrosse, boxing, basketball, baseball, BMX, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding... ALL high risk sports! Dental hygienists see first‐hand the impact of injuries to the teeth, gums and jaws as a result of participation in sports and support the use of mouthguards in all appropriate sports at competitive and recreational levels.
Studies evaluating the effectiveness of sports mouthguards have shown the overall risk of injury is 1.5 to 2 times greater when a sports mouthguard is not worn during athletic activity. Mouthguards are a cost effective investment in protection. The estimated cost to treat a lost front tooth over a lifetime can range from $5,000-$10,000. The average cost of a custom fitted sports mouthguard can be as low as $100 or less. The cost of hockey skates and other sports equipment can far exceed that.
Read FAQs, tips and other important information at www.cdha.ca/mouthguards. Find out if your sports organization requires mandatory mouthguard protection and if they don't, ask why? Most importantly, protect your mouth. See a dental hygienist to get a custom fitted sports mouthguard and wear it at all games and practices. Sports mouthguards put more bite into injury prevention!
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