With back to school just ahead and youth sports quickly following, Louisville braces provider Dr. Paul Tran is sharing the importance of mouth guards for student athletes.
Online PR News – 17-August-2012 – Louisville/Kentucky – LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - Back to school is just over the horizon and so are youth sports programs and their potential for injury.
While sports-related concussions are at an all-time high, parents often assume buying the most technologically advanced helmet will protect their child from injury. However most parents neglect to purchase the most important piece of equipment, the mouth guard, said Louisville braces professional Dr. Paul Tran.
"Mouth guards are essential to an athlete, especially one with orthodontic appliances," said Tran as a Louisville invisaline professional.
A mouth guard can be a hard or soft piece of plastic that fits over the teeth. If the mouth guard fits properly, it will protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, jaws, and tongue.
The risk of injury for players who do not wear a mouth guard is 1.6-1.9 times greater than those who wear a guard, according to a study conducted by the American Dental Association.
The types of guards available include:
• Stock: available at most sporting good stores and come ready-to-use, which means they are one-size-fits-all and the least protective.
• Boil and bite: guard is boiled in water and formed to the teeth by applying finger, tongue and biting pressure. Most do not fit well, which causes them to be cut down, rendering them useless.
• Custom-made: made from an impression of the teeth by an orthodontic or dental professional to ensure a good fit.
Mouth guards that are properly fit, such as the custom-made ones, can protect athletes from concussions. The instant an athlete is hit, they clinch their jaw muscles around the guard, which in turn stabilizes the skill and neck. The guards help to distribute and dissipate forces on impact, which reduces the risk of injury to the hard and soft tissues.
"Athletes with braces and other oral appliances are at a great risk of injury, as the likelihood of their appliances tearing through their facial skin on impact is high," said the Louisville pediatric orthodontics specialist. "It's a no-brainer piece of equipment that all athletes should wear, regardless if they have braces or not."
To learn more about Dr. Paul Tran and his orthodontic services, visit tranorthodontics.com or call (502) 245-8726.
About Dr. Paul Tran
Louisville, KY dentist Dr. Paul Tran offers an array of orthodontic services that meet your needs with two convenient locations in Middletown and Prospect.
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