4 Reasons Mouthguards Should Be Mandatory For All Contact Sport Student Athletes

It's a fact. All professional contact sport athletes, whether they play hockey, football, soccer, or quidditch, wear mouthguards to protect their teeth from injury. So why are there still schools that don't require the use of a mouthguard in contact sports? Thankfully, many Philadelphia area schools are taking this issue seriously and mandating that mouthguards are an essential piece of equipment for a growing number of sports.

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Not convinced that Mouthguards should be mandatory for all contact sport student athletes? Check out these facts:

1. An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard.
-American Dental Association

2. It is estimated that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year.
- Academy of General Dentistry

3. Sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year.
-U.S. Centers for Disease Control

4. Victims of knocked out teeth who do not have a tooth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000 to $20,000 per tooth.
-National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety

At Best Dentist 4 Kids, we're passionate advocates for mouthguards, and we encourage all of our parents to supply their children with the right type of protection for their particular sport. Whether or not your school requires the use of a mouthguard, we strongly suggest parents not only support their use, but educate children about their importance. A store bought mouthpiece is a good start, but our Custom Molded Mouthguards are superior in many ways. Want more information about a custom molded guard from Best Dentist 4 Kids? Click Here...