Sport Safety: Put more bite into injury prevention

(NC) — The use of mouthguards in all high-risk sports has been proven to reduce the risk of orofacial injury. In fact, the chances of injury are 1.5 to 2 times greater when a mouthguard is not worn during athletic activity. Mouthguards are also a cost-effective investment in protection. The estimated cost to treat a lost front tooth over a lifetime can range from $5,000 to $10,000, yet the average cost of a custom-fitted sports mouthguard can be as low as $50.

Dental hygienists tell us they are our partners in prevention and they do see first‐hand, the impact of injuries to the teeth, gums, and jaws as a result of participation in sports. These professionals can custom-fit a sports mouthguard for you during a regular dental visit.

If you play hockey, soccer, football, rugby, martial arts, lacrosse, boxing, basketball, baseball, or if you enjoy BMX, skateboarding, skiing, and snowboarding, find out if your sports organization requires mandatory mouthguard protection. If it doesn't, ask why?

At, read the FAQs, tips, and other important information – and most importantly always protect your mouth at games and practices Additional information is also online at


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