April has been designated as National Facial Protection Month, a collaborative effort by the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. This annual campaign aims to raise awareness about the significance of safeguarding our face and teeth from impacts and injuries.
Wearing a helmet is a crucial measure that can save lives and prevent severe physical harm in various scenarios, such as playing football or cycling. Helmets, as per the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, can reduce the risk of diverse head injuries by up to 85 percent. Regardless of helmet laws in your area, Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team at Sindledecker Dentistry, emphasize the importance of ensuring that you and your loved ones wear helmets with the appropriate safety ratings tailored to specific activities. Helmets equipped with a faceguard can also contribute to protecting teeth, especially for individuals engaged in contact sports like football.
In addition to helmets, mouthguards play a pivotal role in preventing dental injuries, such as cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. The American Dental Association asserts that mouthguards are instrumental in preventing up to 200,000 dental injuries annually, with several states mandating their use in sports like football and hockey. To maximize effectiveness, it is crucial to have a professionally molded and fitted mouthguard, as recommended by the Academy for Sports Dentistry. Generic store-bought or “boil-and-bite” varieties may wear out quickly, impede proper breathing, and offer uneven cushioning against impacts. To ensure optimal protection, always obtain a fresh, custom-fitted mouthguard for each new sports season.
This April, prioritize the well-being of your face and teeth by selecting the right combination of helmet, faceguard, and mouthguard. Spread the message to your friends and encourage them to do the same! For further information on mouthguards or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, feel free to contact our convenient Boca Raton office.