National Facial Protection Month : Tips on How to Play It Safe
The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have teamed up to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they play recreational and organized sports, by protecting their mouths and faces.
The mouth and face of a child or young adult can be easily injured if proper precautions are not used while participating in sports or recreational activities. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the 7 million sports-related injuries that happen each year are sustained by children as young as 5 years old.
Mouth guards and helmets will dramatically decrease the risk of oral injuries. An effective mouth guard holds teeth in place, resists tearing and allows for normal speech and breathing. Your dentist can recommend the best mouth guard for every sports activity.
Here are some important tips from the experts of the ASD, AAPD, AAOMS, AAO and ADA:
- Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports.
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear protective eye wear.
- Wear a face shield to avoid damage to the delicate bones around the eyes, nose and jaw.