The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, US, has estimated that more than 3 million teeth will be knocked out in youth sporting activities this year.
"Basketball and baseball are the two biggest mouth-injuring sports," said Stephen Mitchell, D.M.D., associate professor in the UAB Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
"And the most common injuries we see are broken, displaced or knocked out teeth, and broken jaws," he stated.
The increasing participation of girls and young women in competitive sports means that they, just like their male counterparts, should know the risks of dental injuries and use additional protective gear as appropriate, says Mitchell.
He suggests mouth guards and helmets with face protectors are the best way for kids to avoid dental injuries while playing sports.