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Safety/Concussions

The AAO and Football Great Emmitt Smith Team Encourage Sports Safety!

Football PlayerAs a football legend and father, Emmitt Smith knows the value of facial protection for athletes. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is proud to partner with Emmitt to give you tips on how to protect your winning smile from sports-related injuries.

"For my family and me, using a mouthguard and other forms of facial protection is the only way to play."
Even Emmitt Smith wants you to wear a mouthguard, so what are you waiting for?

Custom Fit Mouthguards may help prevent serious injuries such as:

  1. Lacerations to lip, cheek, and chin
  2. Fractures of the facial bones especially the cheek bones and mandible which can cause facial deformity
  3. Possible permanent injury to the jaw
  4. Broken Teeth
  5. Tooth knocked out or displaced from its socket
  6. CONCUSSIONS
  7. Cerebral hemorrhages
  8. Incidents of unconsciousness
  9. Neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw
  10. Preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances

The American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for the following sports:

Acrobatics • Basketball • Boxing • Discus Throwing • Field Hockey • Football • Gymnastics • Handball • Ice Hockey • Lacrosse • Martial Arts • Racquetball • Rugby • Shot putting • Skateboarding • Snowboarding • Skiing • Skydiving • Soccer • Squash • Surfing • Volleyball • Water Polo • Weightlifting • Wrestling

The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone!

Concussion Deterrence

Wearing a custom fitted mouthguard may help protect athletes from concussions. There are professional opinions that suggest wearing a custom fitted mouthguard can help to reduce the frequency or severity of concussion. The JADA states, "By providing cushioning between the maxilla and mandible, mouthguards may also lessen the incidence or severity of condylar-displacement injuries and thereby reduce the potential for concussion." 
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The force that is delivered to the jaw is transmitted to the skull that surrounds your brain, which can produce the potential for concussions to occur. A  custom fitted mouthguard absorbs and disperses the impact to help protect the brain by lessening the intensity of the forces from the blow, and therefore prevent the concussion from occurring. 

More Concussion Info

"Although no controlled experimental study has confirmed or refuted the idea that a properly fitted mouthguard reduces the likelihood of sustaining a concussive injury, evidence is mounting that the device could play a significant role in the critical area of player safety."
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"In addition to injuries to teeth that may result in pulpal injury and the need for endodontic treatment or loss of teeth, an impact to the base of the skull via a blow to the chin in a vertical direction may result in concussion. In both types of injuries, use of a mouthguard could have a significant preventative role." 
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Concussions Can Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

“A recent study by the National Football League reports that concussions have resulted in Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases being diagnosed in the league’s former players vastly more often than in the national population — a rate of 19 times the national average for men ages 30 to 49. The report cites that most NFL players only use standard or boil and bite mouthguards and NOT custom mouthguards during league play or practice.”

(David R. Weir. N.F.L. Dementia & Cognitive Impairment of Retired Athletes Study, Univ. of Michigan’s Inst. for Social Research, 2009)

Sports Statistics

  • “More than 5 million teeth are knocked out each year during sports activities in the U.S. alone."
     - Smith, Kracher. Continuing Education Course, Crest at dentalcare.com, March 24, 2005

  • “56% of all concussions and 75% of all orofacial injuries annually occur while athletes refrain from mouthguard protection.”
     - Kumamoto DP. Sports Dentistry at the State Level. JADA, June, 1996, 127(6): 816

  • “Of all the injuries presented to U.S. dental offices annually, 62% occurred while the patient was participating in sports. None of the reported athletes who sustained an injury was wearing a custom mouthguard.”
     - Soporowski, et al. Survey of Orofacial Sports-related Injuries. J Mass Dent Soc. 1994 Fall; 43(4): 16-20