April – National Facial Protection Month: Mouth Guard Facts & Information

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April is National Facial Protection Month. At Hiller Orthodontics, we want to ensure that you know just how important it is to safeguard your smile with a mouth guard this spring season!

1.) Wearing a mouth guard is no joke and mouth injuries hurt your child and your wallet.  The cost to restore a single tooth is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

2.) An estimated 30 million kids are in organized sports. Once they step on the field, they become 60 times more likely to risk injury to their teeth.

3.) 37% of parents say their child never wears a mouth guard while playing sports.

4.) A new survey shows parents want mouth guards to be required, not optional.

5.) Actions taken in the first minutes of a dental injury could impact dental health for a lifetime.

6.) Those currently wearing braces should wear a mouth guard when playing sports. The extra layer of facial protection is imperative!

7.) 58% of parents report their child suffered a mouth injury while playing sports.

8.) 65% of parents report that when their child suffered a mouth injury they were not wearing a mouthguard.

9.) Bumps and bruises are part of being an athlete but mouth guards can prevent that rough play from causing serious damage, like knocking out a tooth.

10.) Kids who have an adult tooth knocked out may face a lifetime of dental maintenance.

11.) Because different sports involve risk and potential injury, talk to your orthodontist before choosing a mouth guard. Learn More from the AAO here.

12.) Millions of teeth are knocked out each year due to sports injuries. Mouth guards are inexpensive and should be worn at every practice or game. Consider it a small investment in your child’s dental health!

13.) How to care for your mouth guard: wash in cool soapy water, rinse before/after use, brush with a toothbrush & toothpaste before and after use.

14.) Chew on This.  41% of parents think it’s harder to get kids to wear a mouth guard than to eat vegetables without complaining!

15.) 97% of parents feel their child athlete would be more likely to wear a mouth guard if they saw more professional athletes wearing them.

16.) Prevent dental injuries with a properly fitted mouth guard.

17.) Damaged teeth do not grow back. Protect your or your child’s healthy, beautiful smile by wearing a mouth guard.

Spring sports are here!

Remember to wear a mouth guard to protect your smile.