April is a big month for the dental industry! Not only is it Oral Cancer Awareness Month but it’s also National Facial Protection Awareness Month! This month, the goal is to remind all athletes, young and old, to wear a mouth guard during all competitive and recreational sports. Mouth guards protect teeth from being knocked out, broken and/or displaced. Mouth guards also prevent injuries to the bone and tissues around the teeth. Additionally, they help prevent injuries to the lower jaw/mandible. This protection is vital when you consider that around according to recent studies, 2% of all children and adolescents who participate in sports will suffer a facial injury. In fact, research done by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry found that sports accidents range anywhere from 10% to 39% of all dental injuries in children. Typically, these injuries are the result of direct hits to the mouth with a hard object like a hockey puck, baseball, or player – on – player contact. A mouth guard that is properly fitted can prevent a large variety of injuries to the mouth and should be an essential part of an athlete’s protective gear!
Here at Valley Dental we specialize in sports mouth-guards (also referred to as football protectors, sports mouthpieces, or spelled as two words “mouth guards”). These guards are resilient plastic appliances that have been designed in a fashion where they cover over and encase an athlete’s teeth, the gums, and the bone that support them. The idea is that when a guard is worn it helps to provide protection for the hard (teeth and jaw) and soft (lips, cheeks, gums) tissues of the mouth by way of absorbing and redistributing the forces generated by traumatic blows.
If you are interested in learning more about National Facial Protection Awareness month, please visit http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/april-is-national-facial-protection-awareness-month/oral-dental-healthcare
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