How to Protect your Smile while playing sportsGrandviewDental | April 18, 2013
5,000,000 TEETH ARE KNOCKED OUT during sporting events each year, according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation. Yes, that’s six zeros, meaning five million! If people don’t start protecting themselves, the Tooth Fairy may be able to retire—and we don’t want that!
April is National Facial Protection Month. Regardless of your age (adults get teeth knocked out too), we want to help you keep your smile beautiful.
Protective Gear Greatly Reduces Chances of Injury
By simply wearing properly fitted mouthguards and other forms of protective gear, athletes of all ages can greatly reduce the risk of traumatic facial injury. So, this spring, as team rosters fill up and your urge to hit the field or court grows stronger, remember to use appropriate protective gear.
Three Safety Tips For You And Your Family
- Wear a mouthguard for all contact sports including baseball, soccer, football, and lacrosse. Other sports may apply too!
- Wear a helmet and/or protective eyewear when appropriate. Face shields can also help protect your skin.
- Be alert. Whether in the game or cheering from the sidelines, pay attention.
Check out this fun video highlighting the importance of mouthguards!
We want everyone to be active but smart during the upcoming seasons and beyond! If you’re unsure of the type of protective gear you should wear for a sport or outdoor activity, please ask us. We’re here to help make sure you have a blast this spring and summer, all while being safe.
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