Two days ago on June 30, 2015 the talented ladies on the U.S Women’s National Soccer team secured their place in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final game by defeated the number one ranked team, Germany, 2-0. As of yesterday, July 1, 2015, Japan secured their spot as well in the final by defeating England 2-1. These exciting events in the world of soccer are sure to have people across the nation feeling the urge to get outside and play some soccer themselves. That being said, this has dental implants Gainesville, FL provider Dr. Altschuler wondering is the fresh outbreak of soccer fever is going to land more people in his office needing a dental implant.
If you follow soccer at all, you should know that your years ago, in 2011, Japan stole the USA’s dreams of a third FIFA World Cup win when they narrowly defeated us in a match that went down to the very line and was decided by penalty kicks. Now it seems the same events are destined to play out again on Sunday. Only this time, the USA has a point to prove and one heavy torch to burn.
That being said the excitement brimming in soccer fans across the nation right now is understandable. However, what might still be a little confusing is why Dr. Altschuler is making a connection between dental implants and soccer.
Well, allow us to explain by presenting you with a few statistics.
Nearly 5 million teeth are avulsed (that’s a fancy word for 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 worrying 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 gave the results for this study was gathered from reviewing reported dental injuries from all over the world in the last thirty years.
Now that we know how dangerous sports can be for teeth let’s take a closer look as soccer in particular.
Soccer, or European football, is a sport that really has no requirements for the wearing of protective gear. Still, only a staggering 7% of players choose to wear a mouthguard. There are no helmets or protective face masks in soccer either. Still, the majority of players do not even think about the safety of their teeth when they step onto the field.
Also, keep in mind that along with the lack of protective gear in soccer, there is an abundance of physical contact. Soccer players often experience elbows to the mouth, slide tackles or having another player’s head smash into their unprotected mouths. Of course, all of these things are in the name of the game and in good fun, but it still does not make the threat to their teeth any less serious.
So, bearing the recent events in mind, and the fact that the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final is this Sunday on FOX, Dr. Altschuler and the rest of his staff have a single suggestion for any soccer hungry fans out there who are ready to go play a game or two in the spirit if the World Cup; wear a mouthguard for goodness sake! SHEESH!
And be careful, of course.
Other than that get outside, go run, go play and root team USA this Sunday!
Let’s win this one, girls!
Until next time readers, keep smiling.