We don’t much think about fractured jaws, but they are the second most common fracture on the human head (behind only the nose) and the 10th most common fracture on the entire body. And because the jaws are important in breathing, eating, and talking, when they break it can be terrible news.
Physical activity is a key part of childhood (and is good for adults as well!), but the Australian Dental Association warns that playing sports without appropriate protection can be detrimental to teeth.
Estimates are that 20% of Australian children will suffer a dental trauma by age of 14, with much of the trauma occurring during sports activities.
This is why EK Dental Surgery strongly believes that mouth guards are an indispensible piece of athletic equipment for children, teens, and adults who take part in high-risk/high-contact team sports.