APRIL IS NATIONAL FACIAL PROTECTION MONTH
Studies show that $500 million is spent replacing and repairing the more than 5 million teeth that are injured or knocked out every year.
During National Facial Protection Month in April, it’s a reminder for all organized sports athletes and recreational sports players to wear mouth guards to protect their teeth and their smiles. Research shows 13 to 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related. Many injuries can be prevented or far less severe by wearing a mouth guard; they should be part of an athlete’s standard equipment from an early age.
It’s important to wear a comfortable, well-fitted mouth guard that resists tearing, is easy to clean and that doesn’t restrict breathing. A properly fitted mouth guard can also protect those with braces or who have fixed bridge work. There are three types available: custom-made, boil-and-bite or commercial mount guards.
Take proper care of your device so it’s ready when need it and will last a long time. Brush the guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste before and after each use. Regularly, clean it in cool, soapy water and rinse it well. Store and transport your mouth guard in a sturdy container. Don’t chew on the mouth guard and don’t wear a removable retainer with it. Be sure to replace it when it shows signs of wear and tear.
Talk to your dentist to ensure you are choosing the mouth guard that is best for you and/or your child.
National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists.