In his first starting game, rookie Carl Lawson of the Cincinnati Bengals watched two of his teeth take flight right before his eyes while attempting to sack Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer during the Bengals’ winning game Oct. 1.
He told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “I was hitting the quarterback. If it had gotten knocked out any other play, I probably would have been a little more upset. It was a good rush. I sacrificed my teeth for it.”
Lawson said he will, however, be wearing a mouth guard from now on.
You may be surprised to find out that in the NFL, mouth guards are optional. In Rule 5, Section 4, Article 5 of the Rule Book under “Recommended Equipment,” mouth guards aren’t even mentioned. Instead, hip pads, thigh pads and knee pads are the only recommended but not required equipment on the list.
Thankfully, this isn’t the case for high school and college football.
Studies have shown that in addition to protecting teeth, mouth guards can also help prevent brain injuries and concussions.
One problem that is still keeping some kids at higher risk of oral injuries and concussions is the use of over-the-counter mouth guards instead of custom-fit mouth guards. A study by the Academy of General Dentistry found that high school football players who wore store-bought mouth guards were twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injuries as those who wore custom-fitted, professionally made mouth guards.
Not only are custom mouth guards more comfortable, but the thickness of each part of the mouth guard is also designed to protect exactly where it’s needed most. For more information on custom-made mouth guards for your athlete, call Dr. Collins’ office today at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788