Protect Your (and Your Child’s!) Smile with This Underused Tool

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 600,000 individuals end up in the ER each year because of sports injuries. Of those 600,000, up to 200,000 can be prevented with one simple tool: the mouth guard. Yet, even with these high numbers, only 55% of Americans report that they or their child wears a mouth guard to both practice and games, while a startlingly low 22% wears them at games only.

Dental injuries are the most common type of sport injury, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety…

An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer from an orofacial injury when they’re not wearing a mouth guard. And, unfortunately, these injuries are hardly ever of the minor variety. Oftentimes injuries to the face result in permanent damage to the entire facial structure and can require extensive amounts of medical attention. In fact, just recently we had a patient come to us with two of his front teeth missing. He had been in a mountain biking accident up in Colorado.

This biker was lucky enough to only have lost his two front teeth, but he still had to undergo root canals and receive crowns to replace them.

Prevention

At Paragon Dental, we want to help you prevent sports injuries and to keep your and your child’s smiles healthy and intact. That is why we create custom fitted mouth guards. With a mouth guard, your odds of obtaining any severe orofacial injuries are reduced dramatically, as is your risk of accruing a more severe injury, such as concussion.

Visit http://www.paragondentalinc.com/our-services/ to see how we can protect you and your smile today!

 

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