REDUCING ATHLETES’ CONCUSSION RISK
Everyone from young soccer players to professional football players is vulnerable to concussions, which has become an issue of great concern. One way that parents can reduce their children’s risk of experiencing a sports-related concussion is to have them outfitted with custom-made, properly fitted mouth guards that dentists provide. According to a study of more than 400 high school football players, those wearing store-bought, over-the-counter mouth guards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs)/concussions than those wearing custom-fit mouth guards. Previous research has speculated that mouth guards can reduce concussion risk by helping absorb shock, stabilize the head and neck, and limit movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw.
At the office of PAUL E. NELSON, D.D.S., we want you to receive complete and affordable dental care of the highest quality. We can suggest the mouth guard that is best for you. We’re located at 100 N. State College Blvd., Suite 1. Please call 714.992.0092 to schedule an appointment. Your oral health requirements, from restorative to cosmetic considerations, will be met with the latest technology.
P.S. Because custom-made mouth guards are more comfortable than over-the-counter versions, athletes are more likely to wear them than take them out and chew on them.