According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation almost three million teeth are knocked out each year as a result of youth athletics. Blows to the face during contact sports is considered to be one of the primary causes of these injuries. In many cases these injuries could have been prevented by wearing a custom mouth guard.
Many people choose to use retail level mouthguards, such as stock guards or boil and bite thermoplastic units. Even though they are inexpensive many athletes complain that they are uncomfortable or make it hard to breathe. This sometimes leads young athletes to forgo wearing them at all!
Fortunately, your dentist can fit you for a custom mouth guard that conforms to your personal bite pattern and is designed for maximum comfort and ease of breathing. The special thermoplastic material they are made from is also very durable. With proper care they can provide years of protection for their mouth.
The bottom line is that, the cost of a custom mouth guard greatly outweighs the cost of repairing or replacing damaged and lost teeth.
If you are interested in having your youth athlete fitted for a custom mouth guard, please feel free to call us at 301-841-9348 to schedule an appointment.