With baseball season gearing up, your kids should be, too! Its important to buy protective gear, such as helmets, knee pads and mouthguards for your child while he or she is playing sports.
Some of the most common injuries associated with youth sports include oral injuries such as broken jaws and tooth loss.
According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, in 2011 alone over 3 million teeth were lost during youth sporting events. They said that the most dangerous sports were surprisingly baseball and basketball!
And, according to American Dental Association, studies have shown that people are up to 1.9 times more likely to sustain an injury to their mouth while playing sports if they do not have a mouthguard.
Dental care is serious business for athletes. Just ask former Hall of Fame left fielder Kevin Mitchell who was late to his spring training in 1990 because he was injured eating a microwaved donut and required root canal work.
To help illustrate the importance of oral health in sports, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) held a special Floss Night with the Lowell Spinners (an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) a couple years ago at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Each fan received brochures on dental health as well as an Oral-B floss pick. During the fourth inning of the game, a record setting 3,014 fans participated in the event by flossing at the same time.
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