Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Need for Mouthguards

Twenty of the most talented rugby nations on the planet have now been reduced to just four; with Wales facing off against New Zealand for the third place match, while England and South Africa vie for top honours at the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Rugby – like other contact sports – is synonymous with injury, and this tournament has been no exception with quality players being sidelined as a result of powerful collisions. Although regulations relating to the use of protective gear are in place for international sports federations, national federations, and provincial sports bodies, adherence to regulation is far less common for lower league competition involving youth and amateurs.

The Injury Statistics for Youth

The statistics are alarming. According to a Children’s Oral Health Survey, a majority of American youth are not wearing mouthguards during competition.

Of the respondents, approximately half (48%) of rugby players took the field of play without the tiny, yet essential, piece of protective gear i.e. their mouthguards.  

Leading mouthguard manufacturers like Makura Sport offer impact and innocuous tested protection for players of all ages. High-contact sports – like rugby, MMA, boxing, ice hockey, and field hockey – account for most injuries, and studies have found that orofacial and dental injuries account for up to 38% of total injuries. Players who choose not to wear a mouthguard are 1.6 to 1.9 times more likely to suffer some type of orofacial trauma.

Why Mouthguards Work

Mouthguards work to distribute the force from a direct impact, whether by a person, hard surface, or by an object like a ball, puck, and stick. They prevent severe dental trauma like lost or chipped teeth, damage to blood vessels, fractures to jaw and cheek bones and further injury to the tongue and cheeks.

“A child’s healthy smile needs to last a lifetime. Sports-related injuries cause millions of lost teeth annually. Well-fitted mouthguards can help significantly reduce the possibility of oral injuries during sporting activities, including non-contact sports too,” said Joseph Dill, DDS, MBA, Delta Dental Plans Association’s Vice President of Dental Science and Network Strategy. “Young athletes can grow to appreciate the mouthguard as one more essential layer of their protective uniforms.”

Below are some statistics worth considering:

Rugby: there has been a 43% decrease in dental claims after mouthguards were mandated.

Field hockey: use of a mouthguard can cut the risk of serious facial injury by 90%.

American football: up to 39% of dental injuries in the US are sports-related.

MMA: A study suggests that 59% of dental injuries suffered in boxing, taekwondo, kickboxing were tooth fractures.

Boxing: Up to 90% of orofacial and dental traumas in contact sports happen to the upperlip, upper jaw and front teeth.

The research is clear. If you or your child is involved in contact sports, don’t take a chance on the safety of your mouth and teeth. Buy a mouthguard today.

At Makura Sport, our mission is simple: to provide you with mouthguards that exceed expectations and make us the protection of choice for athletes around the world. Contact us today to learn more!

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