It’s the middle of a nice Spring day. You are at the ballpark, watching your son play baseball. He loves it, and you love seeing the smile on his face as he runs around the field.
While the other team is up to bat, a short fly ball is headed between your son and another player. Both of them are sprinting as hard as they can with the eyes on the ball. Neither sees the other … but you can see what’s about to happen.
At that moment, you wonder, “Is he wearing his mouthguard?”
Many people don’t realize it, but baseball is one of the sports that causes the highest number of dental injuries. That’s why the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommending wearing a mouthguard whenever you or someone you love takes the field.
In fact, if you are playing almost any sport, it’s strongly recommended that you wear a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard. To get one, call 734-404-7336 for an appointment at the office of Douglas A. Callow, DDS, in Plymouth, MI.
Make It Standard Equipment
Mouthguards prevent hundreds of thousands of dental injuries every year. That might be even higher if more kids wore mouthguards while practice and compete. A recent survey by the American Association of Orthodontists revealed that 84 percent of athletes don’t wear mouthguards because they are not required.
Even so, the ADA, AAPD, AAO, and other dental organization suggest wearing mouthguards for all high-impact sports. These are sports that involve one or more of the following:
• Changing speeds, directions, or both
• Physical contact between players
• Catching, striking, or throwing objects, such as basketballs, pucks, or flying discs
To put things in perspective, before mouthguards were part of the uniform, somewhere between 25 and 50 percent of football injuries were dental injuries. Today, less than 1 percent of football injuries are dental in nature.
Protecting your teeth from a foul ball, a swinging elbow, or a fall can be the difference between a sore lip and a broken or lost tooth.
Better Fit For Better Protection
Mouthguards don’t stop accidents from happening, but much like seat belts, they can minimize the damage that occurs if you are involved in an accident.
In fact, the ADA has reported that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to have dental injuries compared to athletes who do wear them.
With that in mind, not all mouthguards are the same. You want a mouthguard that fits comfortably and is molded to your teeth.
Think about moving an antique vase to a museum. Would you set it down in the back seat and hope for the best? Would you put it in a box and let is shake around inside?
Or would you put it in a case with custom foam padding made specifically for that vase? You would probably pick the last option. With something that valuable, you wouldn’t want to take any chances.
How much more valuable is your smile? How about your kids’ smiles?
Keep Those Winning Smiles
We can treat dental emergencies, but we would much rather help you prevent them when we can. Making personalized athletic mouthguards for you and your family members is one way you can reduce your risk of dental problems.
If you would like to get them for your loved ones, contact Dr. Callow’s office online or call 734-404-7336 today!