April is National Facial Protection Month and according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, sports related injuries account for up to 39% of all childhood injuries. More worisome is that more than 3 million teeth are knocked out each year! Many of these injuries occur by direct hits with a hard object, such as a puck or ball, and player-to-player contact.
With National Facial Protection Month in full swing, its never too late to talk with your children about taking the following steps to stay safe while playing their favorite sport:
1. Wear a mouthguard. Mouth guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury, and dentists and dental specialist can make customized mouth guards that hold teeth in place and allow for normal speech and breathing.
2. Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent injury to the head. Remember to choose a helmet that fits properly and is appropriate for each sport.
3. Protect the eyes. 90% of injuries to the eyes are preventable through the use of protective eyewear. Safety glasses designed for sports are built to protect the eyes, while some provided added protection from UV rays.
4. Wear a face shield. Face shields help to avoid scratches or bruises to the face. Hockey pucks, basketballs and tennis ballas can severe facial damage at any age.
5. Practice safely. Practice makes perfect is old saying; however, nearly 62 percent of all sports related injuries occur during practice. The main reason? About a third of parents don't have their children take the same precautions as they do during games. Make sure your children are protected all the time!
Finally, call our office today to find out how we can provide your child with a custom mouth guard.
All of us at TPDO hope your child stays safe while playing their favorite sport!