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Mouthguards are an Essential Sports Accessory

Playing sports is part of nearly every American life. From Pee Wee Football to High School Soccer, involvement in sports is a great way for kids and young adults to learn the basics of teamwork and good sportsmanship, build hand-eye coordination, get exercise, and have a lot of fun in the process. And although most sports suggest a set of regulation equipment that is aimed at preventing injury, accidents often occur. As such, all of us here at Watts Family Dental in Overland Park recommend that parents have their children fitted for a set of custom mouthguards to ward off dental injuries.

Every year, thousands of school-age children are treated for dental injuries that could have been easily avoided (or greatly minimized) by the use of a mouthguard. Although it’s a well-known fact that kid’s sports such as football, soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball, and baseball are all activities where a ball or puck or some other piece of game-related equipment may come in contact with the mouth or face of a player, mouthguards are not utilized nearly enough in practice or regular gameplay.

Did you know? Since dental injuries are common in collision or contact sports, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the use of a properly fitted mouthguard for all junior sports participants for the prevention of sports-related dental injuries.

Another interesting fact: The overall risk for a sports-related dental injury is twice as great when a mouthguard is not worn.

Some of the more common dental injuries suffered by sports players – regardless of sex or age – include tooth fractures, chipped teeth, lost teeth (tooth knocked out), and displaced teeth (pushed forward, backward, or sideways). Each of these types of dental injuries can be avoided or greatly minimized by the use of a mouthguard.

At Watts Family Dental, we offer custom fittings for PlaySafe sports mouthguards for both adults and children. PlaySafe by Glidewell Dental Lab is one of the most-prescribed, highest-recommended mouthguards in America. Unlike the “boil and bite” mouthguards that do not fit accurately enough to offer highest levels of protection, each PlaySafe mouthguard from Watts Family Dental is custom fitted to reduce the risk of orofacial injuries by up to 99 percent. In addition, PlaySafe mouthguards were designed to fit comfortably in the mouth without interfering with the athlete’s ability to breathe and speak. Another benefit to the PlaySafe mouthguard line is that the custom fitting helps to keep the mouthguard in place without biting or clenching as is recommended by the manufacturers of store-bought mouthguards.

The PlaySafe sports mouthguards prescribed at Watts Family Dental are available for all ages and available in a variety of colors. Some of the PlaySafe mouthguards are specifically designed for higher-impact sports and activities such as hockey, kick-boxing, and martial arts.

If you would like to make an appointment at Watts Family Dental for a mouthguard fitting, please call (913) 338-3384 or visit our Overland Park, KS dental office. You may also send an e-mail direct to at any time. Because we’re committed to healthy smiles for the whole family, our patients come to us from Olathe, Leawood, Overland Park, and South Kansas City, Missouri. We’d love to see your family too!

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