APRIL IS NATIONAL FACIAL PROTECTION MONTH!
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.