Now that the 2015 FIFA World Cup is officially in full swing people all over the world are going to be feeling the urge to get outside and play some soccer. This has got dental implants Greensboro, NC dentist Dr. Hatcher wondering if this means he and his staff will be receiving a sudden influx of people needing a dental implant due to a knocked out tooth.
We bet you are wondering what we mean by this. Well, it so happens that soccer is quite the physical sport. There is a reason for our concern. Just take a look at some of these statistics.
Nearly 5 million teeth are avulsed (knocked out) each year. Many of these teeth are lost during sporting activities. These facts have resulted in an annual $500 million dollars spent each year replacing missing teeth.
Even more concerning is the fact that according to an issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, a staggering 13-39% of all dental injuries, annually, are sports related in nature. The information that resulted in this study was gathered from reviewing reported dental injuries from all over the world in the last thirty years.
But that’s not all folks.
Yep, there’s more.
In American football, where the wearing of protective gear is mandatory, about 75% of players wear mouth guards. Now, that’s not so bad. 75% is pretty decent. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible either.
However, here’s the kicker (yes, pun intended).
In soccer, a sport that really has no uniform requirements for the use of protective gear, a staggering 7% of players choose to wear a mouthguard. The sport that has the least protective gear is the one people choose to wear less in. That seems crazy!
Soccer has almost the same amount of player to player contact as American football does. Granted American football is exponentially more violent, with intentional tackling and what not, soccer has its own form of tackling.
That form is Slide tackling, which happens when a player literally slides across the grass and in front of another player as they are running full speed ahead. This is a completely legal move in soccer, just so long as the intention was to knock the ball out of the other players control, and the player that performed the slide tackle did not have their cleats up and pointed at the other player’s body.
Regardless of their intentions, slide tackles often end in one player being hurtled forward and either landing on the other player or landing face first on the ground. Soccer players also often receive elbows to the mouth or have another player’s head accidentally smash into their mouth. Of course this is all in good sport and in the spirit of the game, however, this doesn’t make the threat to soccer player’s teeth any less serious. All of the above-mentioned things can result in a player’s tooth being knocked out.
So what does Dr. Nicolls suggest to those soccer fans ready to get out there and kick the ball around?
Wear a mouthguard for teeth’s sake! SHEESH!
Go team USA!
Until next time readers, keep rooting USA and keep smiling.