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Doctors' Corner

 

                                 Why Mouth Guards ?

 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is encouraging kids to “play it safe” and consistently wear mouth guards and other protective gear during competitions and practices.


Football, soccer and basketball can all be hard hitting sports and the members of the AAO want to ensure that orthodontic patients, and their teammates, are properly protected from sports related injuries to the jaw and mouth. These injuries can include a lifetime of maintenance to repair and maintain.


Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouth guards and facial protection during sporting competitions and practices. Parents, coaches and kids need to understand the prevalence of sports injuries and know that many sports injuries can be reduced or prevented by wearing the proper protective gear.

Injuries can happen at any age or skill level: More than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth ages 5-24.

We encourage all our patients to wear a mouth guard when playing sports!