For cost-conscious parents, it can seem like the world is out to get their kids' dental health. While tiny bacteria, acid and food particles are enough to create concern, the threats don't stop there.
Though these hazards work silently and demand diligent dental care, a more aggressive danger, like an errant elbow during a high school basketball game, could be enough to cause serious injury, requiring attention by a healthcare professional.
The Massachusetts Dental Society recently proposed legislation that calls for a state study on school sports injuries - a step on dentist believes will lead to requirements for mouthguards in high school sports.
Dr Steven Corben, a Massachusetts dentist, wrote in the Salem News, "In my practice, I have had extensive experience with high-school football teams and college hockey teams. Many of the injuries I have witnessed could have been avoided by wearing a mouthguard, sparing the athlete significant pain and the cost of dental treatment."
Currently, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) requires that students playing ice hockey, lacrosse, football and wresting wear a mouthguard.
According to the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center, falls cause about 63 percent of dental trauma.
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