APRIL IS NATIONAL FACIAL PROTECTION MONTH!

mouth_guardAs spring approaches, it brings many patients who have suffered head, facial and oral trauma. Traumatic dental injuries present difficult challenges for both patients and their dentists.

According to the American Association of Endodontists, dental injuries are the most common type of oral facial injury sustained during participation in sports; the majority of these dental injuries are preventable.

  • The American Association of Endodontists recommends the use of mouth guards during participation in sports , as their use may minimize the effect of impact injuries on the dentition and supporting structures.
  • It is estimated that face guards and mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football.
  • A properly fitted mouth guard reduces the chances of sustaining a concussion from a blow to the jaw. Mouth guards greatly reduce the incidence of tooth fracture and avulsion.
  • The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouth guards for the following sports: Acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball , water polo, weight lifting and wrestling.

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