Spring sports are here! Protect your Smile.

April is National Facial Protection Month

This month we’re spreading the word to remind both children and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head. Spring often brings a flood of patients suffering with head, mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports-related accidents to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards.

Let’s work together to protect that smile of yours. Just by wearing a mouth guard, you reduce the risk of knocking out teeth or breaking your jaw. Chances are if you play in organized sports, your coach may already require that you wear a mouth guard. But did you know that even when you’re riding your bike or getting a game together with the kids in your neighborhood that it’s a good idea to wear a mouth guard? Any time you’re engaged in an activity where your face can come in contact with something hard— say another player, a ball, the pavement, or any hard object— it’s a time that you should be wearing a mouth guard!

Remember to wear a mouth guard to protect your smile.

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