The National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc. reports several interesting statistics. Dental injuries are the most common type or orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports. Victims of total tooth avulsions (tooth loss due to trauma) who do not have teeth properly protected, preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000 – $15,000 per tooth, hours in the dentist’s chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as periodontal disease.
It is estimated that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. A properly fitted mouthguard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, odorless, tasteless, not bulky, cause minimal interference to speaking and breathing, and (possibly the most important criteria) have excellent retention, fit, and sufficient thickness in critical areas. ( C. “Types of Athletic Mouthguards.” Sports Dentistry. Http://www.sportsdentistry.com/mouthguards.html, n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.)
Custom made athletic mouthguards are supplied by a dentist and are the most beneficial of all types of mouth protectors available because they are the only mouthguards that meet the above criteria. Custom athletic mouthguards are THE safest way to protect your teeth.