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April is "National Facial Protection Month"!

The American Dental Association has linked with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy for Sports Medicine in reminding Americans that April is National Facial Protection Month

As winter turns to spring there tends to be a rise in facial trauma.  “Skateboards, bicycles, swing sets and other recreational activities along with team sports can contribute to sport-related facial injuries,” says Dr. Paul Nativi, past president of the Academy for Sports Dentistry.  “We as dentists need to be prepared to deliver the best treatment possible.” 

“Every year about 3 million people are treated in emergency departments across the U.S. for facial trauma injuries”, says Dr. Eric T. Geist, president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  “These may include injuries to the skin, jaw, nose, eye socket or teeth and other areas of the head and neck.  Children who participate in contact sports, cheerleading, gymnastics, cycling and other activities are especially at risk for a facial injury.” 

The central thrust of National Facial Protection Month is intended to highlight the need for proper supervision and the use of appropriate protective gear such as mouth guards and proper helmets when children and adults participate in potentially injurious activities. 

A custom crafted mouth guard made by your dentist will ensure proper fit as well as a design appropriate for whatever sport is pursued.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions and to arrange for protection of your facial health today!  

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