All About National Facial Protection Month

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As we mentioned last week, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month (Psst! If you missed it, you can read our article on it here). But did you know that April is also National Facial Protection Month?

If so, good knowledge! If not, don’t worry—we have you covered. Read on to learn everything you need to know about National Facial Protection Month.

Let’s dive right in!

It is sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

And the American Dental Association. And the Academy for Sports Dentistry and the American Association of Orthodontists. Together, these amazing organizations are encouraging “children and adults to enjoy the pleasures of the season by using common sense and taking the necessary precautions to prevent sports injuries”. Makes sense, right?

It is the perfect time to pick up a bike helmet.

Far too many people don’t wear bike helmets on a daily basis. And far too many people suffer the consequences of this when they get into an accident. According to HelmetsOnHeads.Org, in 2011 nearly 75% of all fatal bicycle crashes involved head injuries and no more than 17% of those fatally injured were wearing helmets.

So protect your head, your face and your pearly whites by wearing a helmet whenever you ride your bike. No “if”s, “and”s or “but”s about it. And tell your loved ones to do the same.

Last—but not least—it aims to encourage the public to wear mouth guards.

You may not have thought about mouth guards since childhood, but wearing one is a good choice.

If you play sports, you should be wearing a sports guard. And these aren’t just for rough contact sports anymore! In fact, wearing one is recommended for everything from volleyball to martial arts.

Interested in getting a mouth guard? We can help! Give us a call at (650) 871-1430 or use our online appointment request form to contact us.

You should also take a look at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ excellent Consumer’s Guide To Mouth Guards, as well as their Sports Injury Fact Sheet.

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