Sports Safety | Preventing Mouth and Dental Injuries
Posted Jun 22 2009 11:12am
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), in the United States: dental injuries are the most common type of oral facial injury sustained while participating in sports. More than 5 million teeth are knocked out each year and approximately 80% of all dental injuries affect the front teeth.
This is why mouth guards are a very important piece of equipment that all athletes should use.
The Moms Team, a blog for parents of athletes, states that:
According to a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, roughly three times as many mouth injuries occur on the basketball court as on the football field. Most of these injuries could have been prevented with the simple use of a mouth guard.
Are mouth injuries serious?
You bet they are. Injuries to the mouth and jaw - broken, cracked and lost teeth, jaw and joint fractures - are painful and hard to treat:
Severe jaw and joint injuries may require surgery and general anesthesia, which requires hospitalization and wiring the jaw shut for 30 days to let the injury heal.
A lost tooth must be re-implanted or false teeth made and fitted. Although easier to treat than a broken or fractured jaw, lost teeth are just as painful.
Players wearing braces can sustain serious mouth lacerations if the braces are hit with a ball or by another player. These types of injuries may call for extensive repair and lengthen orthodontic treatment time.
Shock Doctor has come up with the latest in shock technology to help prevent these types of mouth injuries. Their state of the art mouth guards such as the Gel Nano, include a gel fit liner which takes an exact impression of the teeth, providing a tight, comfortable fit. Gel-Fit material is external or internal, single or multilayer combinations of gel that conforms to the teeth to create a secure fit, increasing retention and the protection provided by all the components of the mouth guard. The Monocoque Shock Frame which is also included in the Gel Nano Mouth Guard provides a stable foundation that helps shield teeth and protects the jaw against injury: vertical wall extensions on the frame help limit lateral jaw movement caused by side impacts. The protective channel also contains the flow of the mold able gel layer for a close, integrated fit around the teeth. The Gel Nano also has upper and lower molar cushions and a convertible tether.