April is National Facial Protection Month

This month we’re spreading the word to remind both children and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head.  Spring often brings a flood of patients suffering with head, mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports-related accidents to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards.

April is National Facial Protection Month, where the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and many other academies and associations discuss the importance of staying safe and protecting your teeth by wearing a mouth guard.

A mouth guard, also known as a mouth protector, helps cushion any blows to the face that an athlete may experience. This minimizes the risk of chipped or broken teeth, injuries to your lips, tongue, cheek, or jaw, and gives you the extra protection you need to maintain your healthy smile while staying active.

Some examples of sports that need their players wearing mouth guards are:

  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Those are only some of the sports that require this athletic piece of equipment – there are numerous other sports where players can experience this kind of trauma, so it’s important to protect your smile at all costs.

According to the ADA,  Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Orthodontists urge parents, caregivers, athletes and coaches to be proactive about staying safe by using a mouth guard. Children between the ages of 7 and 11 are the most vulnerable to sports-related mouth injuries and athletes are at least 60% more likely to suffer from a dental injury if they’re not wearing a mouth guard.

Custom-made mouth guards made by your dentist are the ideal choice for any sport. Your teeth will properly fit in place, there will be no movement or shifting when wearing the custom mouth guard, and it’ll provide the utmost comfort. If you cannot afford a custom mouth guard, there are other options, including a stock version or a boil-and-bite version available at sporting goods stores.

Interested in learning more? Don’t hesitate to ask us! Contact your dentist in Morristown NJ by calling 973-538-3456 and schedule a consultation with our office to learn more about the different mouth guard options for you or your family. Stay athletic and stay safe!