Youth Sports Season Sends 600,000 to the Emergency Room Each Year

Now that it is spring, even more children and teenagers will hit the field for youth sports. Unfortunately, that also means dangers to their mouths and faces.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year.

“Tooth fractures, chipping or loosening of teeth and laceration of gums and/or lips are all common youth sports injuries that could be prevented by wearing a mouth guard,” explains Dr. Frank Iuorno with West End Orthodontics.

According to the American Dental Association, mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year.

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