Just facts: Dental injuries are more common than you think

Dental injuries, especially with athletes, are quite common. One of the best devices to protect athletes from injuries is using a custom mouthguard.

Here are some statistics and facts on dental injures from sports.

  • More than 5 million teeth are injured/knocked out every year
  • Dental injuries result in nearly $500 million spent on replacing teeth
  • 13-39% of all dental injuries are related to sports
  • Sporting activities cause the greatest percentage of dental traumatic injuries in teens
  • 50% of all children and teens will suffer at least one traumatic injury to a tooth by the time they graduate high school
  • Broken teeth, neck injuries and abrasions in the mouth are very common among athletes
  • These injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits a year
  • Young men suffer traumatic tooth injuries 2-3 times more often than young women
  • Sports related injuries account for 3 times more facial/dental injuries than violence or traffic accidents
  • Pre-teens and teens have the highest number of sports related dental injuries, with the top 3 sports being:
    • Basketball
    • Biking and
    • Hockey
  • Basketball players have in injury potential 13 times that of football players
  • Risks for athletes include:
    • Suffering a fall during competition
    • Contact from elbows, hands, arms
    • Contact from flying equipment
  • Use of a mouth guard is essential to lower the risk of dental injury in sports
  • Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard
  • 80% of traumatic dental injuries occur to the top front teeth
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2 responses to “Just facts: Dental injuries are more common than you think

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