has been shown that properly fabricated custom made mouthguards by
your dentist can reduce the rate of concussion as well as dental and
and others have demonstrated in 1962 the reduction of concussions
and head and neck injuries as well as reduction in dental facial injuries
when the Notre Dame football team wore professionally fabricated custom
Repeated concussions appear to impart cumulative damage, resulting
in increased severity and duration with each incident. Therefore it
is imperative to diagnose and deliver proper custom made mouthguards
to athletes after an episode of concussion.
football, the chance of having a second concussion is four times greater
than the chance of sustaining a first concussion.
brain swelling may occur following a second minor head injury in individuals
who are still symptomatic from a prior concussion.
from the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety
injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during
participation in sports; the majority of these dental injuries are
An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth
when not wearing a protective mouthguard.
cost of a fractured tooth is many times greater than the cost of a
dentist diagnosed and designed professionally made mouthguard.
athlete involved in contact sport has about a 10% chance per season
of an orofacial injury, or a 33-56% chance during an athletic career.
cost to replant a tooth and the follow-up dental treatment is about
of knocked out teeth who do not have a tooth properly preserved or
replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $15,000-$20,000/tooth,
hours in the dental chair, and the possible development of other dental
problems such as periodontal disease.
It is estimated that faceguards and mouthguards prevent approximately
200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football.
stock mouthguard which is bought at sports stores without any individual
fitting, provide only a low level of protection, if any. If the wearer
is rendered unconscious, there is a risk the mouthguard may lodge
in the throat potentially causing an airway obstruction.
from the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association
properly fitted mouthguard reduces the chances of sustaining a concussion
from a blow to the jaw.
Mouthguards should be worn at all times during competition; in practice
as well as in games.
Contact your local dental society and association for information
on dentists and mouthguard programs in your area.
The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards
for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field Hockey,
football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts,
racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing,
skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting,