Now that we can get back to doing more group activities, sports have become an important part of daily life. But, unfortunately, people participating in sports such as basketball, football, baseball, soccer, bicycling, and many others have a high incidence of oral trauma.
Oral trauma is especially true for those who participate in contact sports where players interact physically. In general, sports injuries that occur to the dentition often become long-term problems that can be costly and never completely heal. Thus, this area is an excellent opportunity for clinicians to offer expanded services in terms of helping athletes, both young and old, protect themselves from sports injuries.
According to the American Dental Association, studies consistently show reduced dental injuries when a mouth guard is used during sports.
For example, in a game like soccer, over half the injuries that occur do so in the mouth. A mouth guard could have prevented the majority of these sports injuries. However, when players in contact sports do not use a mouth guard, injury risk increases to 1.6 - 1.9 times that of those who use this protective device. Also, mouth guard users are approximately 93% less likely to have a dentofacial injury than non-users. The most frequent injuries include tooth fractures and avulsions.