National Facial Protection Month

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Five Tips to Prevent Facial Injuries

April - National Facial Protection Month


Five of the top dental associations want to remind young athletes to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring. Research estimates that about 2 percent of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention.

The dental associations offer the following five tips to help prevent facial injury:

1.Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports: Mouth guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury, and dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards that hold teeth in place and allow for normal speech and breathing. 
2.Wear a helmet: Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head. 
3.Wear protective eyewear: Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports. 
4.Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin: Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age. 
5.Make protective gear mandatory for all sports: 

Acrobatics, Field Hockey, Racquetball, Squash

Bandy, Football, Rugby, Surfing

Baseball, Gymnastics, Shot Put, Volleyball

Basketball, Handball, Skateboarding, Water Polo

Bicycling, Ice Hockey, Skiing, Weightlifting

Boxing, Inline Skating, Skydiving, Wrestling

Equestrian Events, Lacrosse, Soccer

Field Events, Martial Arts, Softball

National Facial Protection Month is sponsored annually during the month of April by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association. 

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