As we’ve stated in this space many times, athletes have a 33-56% chance of receiving an orofacial injury -- an injury to the mouth or face -- during their playing career. And consider this: a broken or damaged tooth doesn’t heal like a bone meaning lifelong maintenance, appointments and surgeries with a lifetime cost of approximately $20,000 -- to replace just one tooth!
That’s why the American Dental Association, the Academy for Sports Dentistry and the National Athletic Trainers' Association, among others, recommend a professionally-made, properly-fitted custom mouthguard for all contact and collision sports.
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It’s April, National Facial Protection Month, and that means its time to help build awareness for safety in sports!