Head injuries, due to trauma to the mouth or jaw while participating in youth athletics, is a leading cause of injuries in young athletes. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), soccer is the second-leading cause of orofacial and dental injuries in sports, right behind basketball. A custom-fitted mouth guard can help combat this growing issue.“Other than sports like football where a mouth guard is already required, very few student athletes or parents think about the need for mouth guards,” says Dr. Bill Graf, a dentist with First Choice Dental Group. “It should be a part of the equipment check when getting ready for the athletic season.”Answer Question
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