Worthington Pediatric Dentist Offers Athletic Mouthguards for Patients
WORTHINGTON, OH – Local pediatric dentist Dr. Thomas Becher of The Greatest Smiles on Earth is happy to offer his Worthington, OH, patients athletic mouthguards. These guards are designed to protect the teeth during participation in high-risk sports.
According to recent research, up to 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related, with as many as 80% of participants in high-risk sports – football, basketball, and baseball, among others – experiencing some sort of dental trauma during their involvement in the games. To reduce the risk of avulsion, or knocked out teeth, parents are advised to use mouthguards, which are in-mouth appliances made of either rubbery material or plastic and fit over the top and bottom teeth behind the lips.
Mouthguards offer a range of benefits including
- Providing a cushion between the teeth and gums and any impacts that may occur
- Spreading impacts out over a larger area, minimizing acute damage
- Preventing injury to the lips, cheeks, and tongue due to braces or the teeth themselves
- Reducing the effects of concussions in some circumstances
Athletic mouthguards vary in cost depending on the material they are made of but generally average around $60 when custom-fit for the best possible effectiveness. They may be covered under your insurance, so check with your provider for details. You can learn more about mouthguards here.
Dr. Thomas Becher, better known as Dr. Tom to his patients, is a board-certified pediatric dentist with more than 30 years of experience working with children across various dental disciplines. He has been recognized by multiple dental associations across America for his excellent care and technical skill; this includes a certificate of merit from the American Society of Dentistry for Children and an award from the Frank V. Hodges Research Forum. He is inspired by his love for kids to provide them with comfortable and quality care.
Dr. Becher began The Greatest Smiles on Earth to achieve this goal. Greatest Smiles is a five-star-rated pediatric dental care center offering both general dentistry and orthodontic services for kids on a school-friendly schedule. The knowledgeable staff is always ready to provide caring assistance and answer questions to help their young patients feel seen, heard, and respected in the office.
For more information about the athletic mouthguards available through Greatest Smiles, you can visit their website or call 614-963-3964.