April is National Facial Protection Month, and it is time to team up with athletes, parents and coaches to raise awareness about the importance of guarding against dental and facial injuries.
From team sports like football, baseball and hockey to recreational fun like biking and rollerblading, children and adults alike spend a lot of time and money gearing up for an active lifestyle, but one important piece of equipment- a mouth guard- is often overlooked.
Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than half of the seven million sports and recreation related injuries that occur each year involve children as young as 5 years old. Athletes that don’t wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.
We strongly urge our patients to wear helmets, protective eye wear and face shields when appropriate along with mouth guards.