Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I was fortunate enough today to hear a seminar on dental injuries from an area dentist who is a member of the Academy of Sports Dentistry. I learned many surprising facts that I wanted to pass on to you!
Did you know that 1 in 3 boys and 1 in 4 girls will sustain some kind of tooth or dental related injury before they turn 18? 90% of these injuries are chipped teeth, and 80% involve the two upper front teeth (the maxillary central incisors).
Even more surprising is the sports that cause the most injuries. You may be surprised to learn that 40% of all sports injuries are from either.... basketball or baseball! I'm sure you were thinking either hockey or football right? Well, kids playing these sports are required to wear helmets and face-masks, which provide excellent protection.
Recommendation: If your child enjoys playing sports, I advise you to have a custom mouthguard made by your dentist in order to protect your kid's teeth. Ask your dentist about mouthguards before your child starts playing on the team!
Learn more about Sports Dentistry at www.sportsdentistry.com.