Protect Those Smiles!
April is National Facial Protection Month and everyone at Fornero Orthodontics wants to remind parents, coaches, and athletes to play it safe as you take part in recreational and organized sports.
A person’s mouth and face can be easily injured while playing a sport if precautions are not taken. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 7 million sports and recreation injuries occur each year and more than half of these occur in youth as young as age 5. Over 5 million teeth are completely knocked out of people’s mouths each year, yet 67% of parents say that their children do not wear mouthguards while playing sports.
Mouthguards offer a simple and inexpensive solution to help dramatically decrease the risk of mouth injuries, so why aren’t more kids (and adults) wearing them? The American Association of Orthodontists found that the great majority of children do not wear them simply because they are not required to, even though they are required to wear other protective gear. Simple, over-the-counter versions of mouthguards are available for less than $10. Not only do they save teeth, they also help protect jaws.
People with braces have a slightly higher risk of oral injuries, including mouth lacerations, if they are hit in the mouth by a ball or another player. You can ask us for the best kind of mouth guard to wear with braces. Every year, I see a number of patients with dental injuries that came from failure to wear a mouthguard. I urge parents and coaches to require mouthguards as part of a child’s uniform – for every practice and every game.