Sport Dentistry Beaverton, OR

"Sports Dentistry" involves the prevention and treatment of orofacial athletic injuries and related oral diseases, as well as the collection and dissemination of information on dental athletic injuries and the encouragement of research in the preventive of such injuries.  Sports dentistry also addresses the prevention of oral cancer by encouraging the cessation of tobacco and smokeless tobacco use. This is particularly important given the manner in which the use of certain tobacco products is “glorified" by athletes and shown in the media.

Facts from the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety

  1. Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports; the majority of these dental injuries are preventable.
  2. An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.
  3. The cost of a fractured tooth is many times greater than the cost of a dentist diagnosed and designed professionally made mouthguard.
  4. Every athlete involved in contact sport has about a 10% chance per season of an orofacial injury, or a 33-56% chance during an athletic career.
  5. The cost to replant a tooth and the follow-up dental treatment is about $5000.
  6. Victims of knocked out teeth who do not have a tooth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $15,000-$20,000/tooth, hours in the dental chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as periodontal disease.
  7. It is estimated that faceguards and mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football.
  8. The stock mouthguard which is bought at sports stores without any individual fitting, provide only a low level of protection, if any. If the wearer is rendered unconscious, there is a risk the mouthguard may lodge in the throat potentially causing an airway obstruction.

Facts About Mouthguards

According to members of the Academy of Sports Dentistry, mouth guards offer wearers more than basic teeth protection. Mouth guards create a cushion that provides potential stabilization of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) while also helping to prevent injury to the joint. In addition, they can substantially reduce the type of injury affecting the soft tissues — such as the lips and gum tissues surrounding the teeth. In general, mouth guards can help provide protection against numerous serious injuries, including those to the face and head.

Contrary to popular belief, regulations regarding the use of mouth guards during sports activities typically fall under the authority of the sport's governing bodies and not individual states. The National Federation of High School Athletics (NFHSA) has established rules for all sports that require mouth guards in schools, which include high school football, hockey and lacrosse. Mouth guards also are mandatory for youth league sports and wrestlers with dental braces.

  1. A properly fitted mouthguard reduces the chances of sustaining a concussion from a blow to the jaw.
  2. Mouthguards should be worn at all times during competition; in practice as well as in games.
  3. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field Hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling.


Related Articles:

  1. American Dental Association. Online. JADA, Vol 132, July 2001 “Do You Need A Mouth Guard?."
  2. American Dental Association. Online.  May 27, 2010.  “American Dental Association Says Mouthguard Important Piece of Athletic Gear.  Injury risk nearly two times greater without mouth protection”.
  3. Consumer Guide to Dentistry.  Online. April 2010. “Sports Dentistry: Treatment & Prevention of Sports-Related Dental Injuries”.






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