The start of after school sports season is the best time to start off on the right foot with safety. Did you know that sports injuries are the leading cause of knocked-out teeth?
My friend’s son got a front permanent tooth knocked out with a baseball. It was not a pretty sight and it has been a very costly accident that needs a replacement every single year. Replacing teeth cost Americans $500 million every year.
5 million teeth are accidentally knocked out every year, many from sports, not just football or basketball! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends the use of a mouthguard to prevent these injuries in all sports that have the risk of falls or blows to the face including:
- martial arts
Basically every child playing sports should be wearing a custom fit mouthguard.
If your kids whine that they don’t want to wear a mouth guard, you can tell them about the safety reasons about why every child playing sports needs a custom fit mouthguard, or you can tell them to wear a mouthguard to be cool like LeBron James! 🙂
AAPD states that the “use of a mouthguard could prevent many of these injuries. A mouthguard not only protects the teeth but may reduce the force that can cause concussions, neck injuries and jaw fractures.”
Another authority of oral health care, Colgate states that, “Wearing a mouthguard is one of the best ways to prevent injury to your teeth, tongue and lips. A custom-fit mouthguard from your dentist is recommended. This type of mouthguard usually fits better than a ready-made one. That means it may protect your teeth better. ”
Where to find a Custom Fit Mouthguard in Akron, Ohio Area
I recommend visiting Dr. Adam Pollock DDS for your pediatric dentistry needs, including getting a custom fit mouthguard for your kids that are in sports.
Dr. Pollock will prepare a mouthguard for your child right in his office. The first visit is when your child will get a dental impression for the custom mouthguard.
The specialists will then make a mouth guard model (pictured left) using the impression.
Mouthguard material is heated and the mouthguard is created in a vacuum forming machine. This gives the perfect imprint of the teeth and tissues for a custom fit mouthguard.
The next visit, you’ll receive your custom mouthguard and they will even add to a helmet strap, if needed.
Call now to schedule your appointment. Be sure to tell them you heard about them on AkronOhioMoms.com!
Dr. Adam Pollock D. D.S. Pediatric Dentistry
1707 Portage Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Every Child Playing Sports Needs a Custom Fit Mouthguard
If you have a child in sports like football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, martial arts, you should add a custom fit mouth guard to their sports equipment list. Protecting your child’s teeth with a custom fit mouth guard could be the simplest, yet most effective sporting equipment you buy them.