Youth soccer is a great way for children to learn about teamwork and leadership, all while getting exercise. Unlike football or lacrosse, soccer is not classified as a collision sport. However, it is most definitely a contact sport, and walking out onto a soccer field comes with a real risk of injury to teeth and soft tissues of the mouth, no matter what age the players.
Studies show that almost 30% of soccer injuries affect the orofacial region, which includes the mouth, jaws and face. When you think about it, it’s not surprising. A youth soccer field, in particular, is a blur of churning knees, kicking cleats and little flying elbows – not to mention that hard ball whizzing through the air. Given the risks, it only makes sense to protect your child’s teeth and gums with a good mouthguard – which, incidentally, will also protect other players from your child’s teeth. This is especially important for children who wear braces, which can get caught on jerseys or break skin with just a glancing blow.
Injuries to the teeth and gums are painful, but they also come with a high price tag. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), five million teeth are lost each year, many during sports-related activity. An implant to replace a lost tooth can run up to $4,000, and it’s estimated that Americans spend around $500 million annually on bills resulting from having a tooth knocked out. A proper-fitting mouthguard is a simple, affordable way to protect your child’s smile – and your pocketbook.
Of course, not any old mouthguard will do. There are many things to consider when choosing one for your child. The ADA says sports mouthguards should fit properly and be comfortable, durable, easy to clean, and not restrict breathing or speech. The latter is especially important for soccer players, as they are in constant communication with one another on the field.
Game On Mouthguards are the first sports mouthguards to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means they meet or exceed the criteria set out by the ADA. Game On Mouthguards are available in youth sizes and offer a comfortable, custom fit in less than two minutes. Game On Mouthguards were designed by sports dentistry experts and are made of an exclusive, advanced material that absorbs shock better than traditional EVA plastic mouthguards, plus they’re safe for braces.
Before you send your child onto the soccer field, make sure they’re protected. Give yourself peace of mind with Game On.