Sports dentistry is the prevention and treatment of dental injuries and related oral diseases, as well as the sharing of information and equipment designed to help protect the teeth, mouth, jaw, and face of athletes of all ages. Injuries to the teeth and mouth are common among athletes. It’s important to protect your child’s smile while playing sports for aesthetics as well as health.
Dr. Curtis Lee has a long history of helping athletes achieve dental health and helping them have proper protection. When he lived in Denver he was one of five team dentists for the Colorado Rockies and Colorado Rapids professional athletes and their families. Dr. Lee was a college athlete himself playing varsity soccer for the University of Denver. Now he spends much of his free time on the sidelines as a YAFL assistant coach for his son’s football team, helping coach them to multiple Superbowl titles.
Athletes of all ages need protection from trauma that can occur during sports, both with contact and non-contact sports. When it comes to preventing injuries to the teeth, don’t take chances with a boil-and-bite mouthguard. Instead let Dr. Lee and his staff provide you or your children with a custom fit sports mouthguard. These mouthguards can be customized with team colors as well as the player’s name and number. Desert Willow Dental Care is an exclusive provider for TekFit Sports Mouthguards, go to GetTekFit.com for more information.
Some statistics to keep in mind:
39% of dental injuries are sports-related.
600,000 annual emergency room visits due to sports-related cranio-facial injuries.
80% of dental injuries occur to upper front teeth.
1962 was the year mouthguards were mandated for high school football players.
5 minutes is all the time a patient has to react to a tooth loss.
29 sports for which the ADA (American Dental Association) recommends mouthguards.