The newsLINK Group - Basketball - A Sport of Missing Teeth

Editorial Library Category: General Business | Dental | Pediatric Dentistry Topics: Basketball and Teeth Title: Basketball – A Sport of Missing Teeth Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: You probably expect injuries in football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, and even soccer – but basketball? Believe it or not, basketball is actually one of the leading sports that can cause injury to the face and teeth. Editorial: Basketball – A Sport of Missing Teeth 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 You probably expect injuries in football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling and even soccer — but basketball? Believe it or not, basketball is actually one of the leading sports that can cause injury to the face and teeth. In fact, basketball players are twice as likely to suffer this type of injury as football players. As you cart your junior athletes from practices to games — dragging bags and bags of gear along — remember to bring the mouth guard. In fact, don’t leave home without one. Here’s why: The total rehabilitation costs for a single, avulsed tooth are more than 20 times the cost of a quality professional mouth guard. (An avulsed tooth is one that has been knocked out.) Lifetime dental rehabilitation costs can exceed $15,000 per avulsed tooth. Each year more than five million teeth are knocked out, resulting in nearly $500 million spent in the same year to replace the teeth. Mouth guards prevent 200,000 injuries in high school and college sports. An athlete is 70 times more likely to sustain damage to teeth when not wearing a mouth guard. Almost one-third of all dental injuries are due to sports- related accidents. During a single athletic season, athletes have a one-in- ten chance of suffering a facial or dental injury. The most commonly injured tooth is the maxillary central incisor (a front tooth), which receives 80 percent of all dental trauma. A mouth guard can prevent concussions, cerebral hemorrhages, incidences of unconsciousness, jaw fractures, and neck injuries. Mouth guards are one of the most effective protective pieces of equipment we have to help prevent injury to the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue and to cushion blows in order to decrease the chances of jaw fractures, TMJ injuries and concussions. If you or another family member is heavily into sports, talk to us about getting fitted for a mouth guard. Sources: Word Count: 312 Copyscape Clear Date: 12.15.2014

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