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Thursday, April 5, 2012

April is National Facial Protection Month!

The Orthobee Team would like to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as young athletes when suiting up for recreational and organized sports by consistently wearing mouth guards and safety equipment! 

Every year, dentists and dental specialists are called to hospital emergency rooms to treat children who have sustained knocked out teeth, broken jaws and other facial injuries during organized or neighborhood sports activities. For most of these children, these injuries could have been less severe or prevented entirely if they had worn a mouth guard, helmet or other protective head gear.

When kids don't wear mouth guards or protective head gear in sports activities, it's usually because parents and coaches are unaware of their importance. Many parents have limited sports backgrounds and don't realize the potential for serious injury in an impromptu neighborhood game of basketball or baseball, or a simple bike ride.

Although mouth guards are now generally considered standard equipment for football and hockey players, they really should be worn during any contact sport. “Contact sport” is not limited to one player knocking into another, but encompasses any sport in which the player is likely to have his or her face come into contact with the pavement or other hard object. Kids who participate in soccer, extreme sports (BMX biking, skateboarding and in-line skating) and other common sports should wear a mouth guard and other protective helmets and equipment to protect them from injury.

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