We are super excited to point out, once again, that it is National Facial Protection Month. This dental event is spearheaded and sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, alongside a sparkling array of industry-relevant organizations.
“As you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head.”
What exactly can you do to keep your smile and your face safe? Wear a helmet while riding your bike/playing contact sports/etc. and always utilize your—ideally customized—mouthguard, whether or not your activity of choice involves you bumping into other players (in fact, you might even want to plop it in when you are pumping iron at the gym, ask your dentist.) Consider investing in protective eye-wear and a face shield, too!
Beyond that, you should totally encourage your loved ones, young, old and in-between, to do the same.
Not convinced yet? Allow us to shine the spotlight on some surprising statistics from MYOMS.org…
- Children are most vulnerable to sports-related mouth injuries between the ages of 7-11.
- 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports-related, with 2-18% of the injuries relating to the maxillofacial area.
- $500 million is spent replacing more than 5 million teeth that are injured/knocked out each year.
You are more than welcome to join us in spreading the word about #NationalFacialProtectionMonth on social media.