Still Too Few Athletes Wearing Mouthguards

Despite vociferous and repeated recommendations by dental professionals that sports-playing youths wear mouthguards, a large number of children are still ignoring the warnings. Mouthguards not only protect a player’s teeth, but also help prevent concussions, with the mouthguard acting as a shock absorber.

According to recent studies, 68% of parents reported their child chooses against using a mouthguard when playing baseball, basketball, softball, and soccer. Studies have shown that basketball players are 15 times more at risk sustaining orofacial or concussion-type injury compared to football players.

Because we feel it is so important to protect these athletes, as well as all of our kids at Zachary Orthodontics, we offer complementary mouthguards for all our patients undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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