With winter sports under way for a lot of our patients and spring sports on the horizon, Dr. John Delplanche and Dr. Frederick Massar thought it would be a good time to remind our young athletes wearing braces to take care of both their mouth and appliances while participating in sports.
More than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth between ages 5 and 24. Sixty-seven percent of parents say their child does not wear a mouth guard, yet, 70 percent say their biggest fear when their child plays is that they will get hurt. Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouth guards and facial protection during games and practices.
Many people think a mouth guard is effective just to protect your teeth. But research has shown mouth guards can also reduce lower jaw impact that causes concussions and other dental injuries. While our office does not make custom mouth guards during your treatment, we do offer free mouth guards for our patients who play sports. If you are interested in a mouth guard, just let our office know!
Our team at Raleigh Hills Orthodontics would also like to say “Good Luck” to our local school teams! We recently attended the Jesuit High School vs. Beaverton High School basketball game, and had a great time. We look forward to seeing you all at future games!