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October 13, 2015 07:30 ET

:DentalPlans: Geared up for This Year's Sports Season?

Dental Savings Plan as Important as Mouth Guards and Protective Equipment for Student Athletes

PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - October 13, 2015) - As school begins, so does the busy fall sports season. Fall is a great time for teams to challenge themselves, show their local spirit, and compete with each other. By now you've probably bought most of the necessary gear for practices and play, paid up on dues and fees, and maybe even started games. But have you thought about beefing up your dental care protection? You might want to. Unfortunately, this is exactly the time of year when some student athletes get hurt.

"Fall can be a very busy season for emergency dental visits for kids due to sports related injuries," says Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans, "Mouth guards are just one way to help prevent injury, in addition to protective head gear. A dental savings plan could also help with the costs, should an accident occur."

The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) found that the most prevalent kind of facial injuries in youth sports involve the mouth and teeth. The costs associated with injuries to young athletes have been estimated to be as high as $1.8 billion dollars each year, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Annually, 15 million Americans suffer dental injuries and 5 million teeth are lost in accidents that are sports-related. In just one athletic season, athletes have a 1 in 10 chance of suffering a facial or dental injury. In fact, the lifetime risk of such an injury is estimated to be about 45 percent according to the NYSSF.

Parents and athletes can help play it a little safer this year with the following tips:

  1. Use an approved mouth guard. Mouth guards can play a huge role in nearly any sport and help protect your mouth and teeth. Think about using a mouth guard for every sport -- even those that you don't typically associate with mouth injuries, like skateboarding and biking.
  2. Make sure your protective gear fits well and is assembled properly. If you're using head gear, ensure proper size and fit. You can even consider a custom-fitted mouth guard, available from your dentist.
  3. Have a plan in place in case something does happen. At your next dental visit, find out how your dentist handles after hours calls or emergencies. Also make sure to know where the nearest emergency room is.

It is common to think that a dental injury won't happen to you or your child, but with 10 percent of athletes affected each season, it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you have dental insurance, be sure to understand what your plan covers and doesn't cover, what your annual limits are, and what your deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses may be. If you find yourself without dental insurance, consider a dental savings plan. It could help you save 10 to 60 percent off emergency dental procedures, as well as your regular ADA recommended annual treatments. For more information on dental savings plans, visit www.dentalplans.com.

About :DentalPlans

:DentalPlans, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives.

We provide comprehensive resource centers aimed at helping people to maintain/regain optimal health, and successfully navigate the maze of healthcare payment options (including Obamacare and Medicaid.) Our independent research -- the :DP SmileMeter™ and :DP SmileIndex™ -- elivers a unique look into the consumer healthcare market. We offer user-friendly access to a wide selection of traditional dental insurance and 30+dental savings plans, along with innovative healthcare offerings including telemedicine, medical advocacy, and online counseling services. Our online plan comparison and savings calculator tools help consumers to make smart choices about essential healthcare services, and our :DP AtYourService™ customer support team leaves no question unanswered. For more information, visit us at www.dentalplans.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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