• PRINT
  • RSS

Delta Dental Of Tennessee And The Nashville Predators Team Up To Promote Mouth Guard Safety, Produce PSA

Delta Dental has donated more than 75,000 mouth guards to children across the state

Monday, 08.12.2013 / 9:47 AM CT / News
By Nashville Predators
X
Share with your Friends


Delta Dental Of Tennessee And The Nashville Predators Team Up To Promote Mouth Guard Safety, Produce PSA

Nashville, Tenn. – Because more mouth injuries mean fewer smiles, Delta Dental of Tennessee and the Nashville Predators have produced the public service announcement, “Mouth Guard Safety,” promoting the use of mouth guards among athletes. The three-minute video, hosted by Nashville Predators’ radio analyst Stu Grimson, speaks to the importance of wearing mouth guards during contact sports and explains the three different types of mouth guards.

“The importance of wearing an athletic mouth guard goes beyond the preservation of your smile,” Nashville Predators Alumni and broadcaster Stu Grimson said. “Hockey is a physical and fast-moving game where there is always a risk of injury to the head and mouth. A good-quality properly-fitted mouth guard – which can prevent brain injuries, loss of consciousness, neck injuries, and even jaw fractures – is smart protection for any player.”

Delta Dental of Tennessee is determined to protect the smiles of young Tennessee athletes, which is why they have donated more than 75,000 mouth guards to children across the state. These donations are a result of the “Protect Your Fangs” campaign, Delta Dental’s partnership with the Nashville Predators, which exists to encourage young athletes to use mouth guards during sports practices and games for safety and oral health.

According to the American Dental Association, roughly 10-20 percent of all sports-related injuries are maxillofacial injuries. Additionally, the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety says an athlete is 60 times more likely to experience damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard.

“With these figures so high and these injuries so easily prevented, we recommend all athletes take measures to prevent such injuries by wearing a mouth guard,” said Phil Wenk, D.D.S., president and CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee. “Athletes aren’t fully suited up unless they have their mouth guard in place.”

In the joint PSA, Predator’s Defenseman Ryan Ellis echoes the sentiments of Grimson and Wenk: “In hockey, you take a lot of hard hits and you don’t know which time is going to be the wrong one. Anything that could cut down on your chances…I obviously wouldn’t take a risk like that; I definitely wear one.”

For more information about mouth guard safety, visit the Delta Dental of Tennessee “Play Hard, Protect your Teeth" page on deltadentaltn.com.

  • FACEBOOK

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00