This month marks the first full month of Spring and that means it’s time to get back outdoors for some healthy activities. It’s also National Facial Protection Month and your All About Smiles holistic dentists in Wilmington wanted to remind all of our patients (no matter what age) that protecting your teeth while enjoying your favorite sport is extremely important.
Ask any dentist or dental specialist if a mouthguard should truly be an essential part of your sporting equipment and you’ll most likely get a resounding, unanimous “Y-E-S.” It’s because sports injuries to the facial area are actually quite common and can be quite costly to treat.
Did you know that the journal Sports Health recently published a study showing that over 5 million teeth are broken or knocked completely out annually? This costs the American public $500 million and is a huge factor in the increase in emergency room visits. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have joined together to raise awareness for the need for facial protection in most sporting activities.
At All About Smiles, we couldn’t agree more!
Part of living a healthy, balanced life is getting plenty of exercise. Being involved in sports, especially team sports, is a great way to stay in shape and interact with others. But living an active life sometimes call for a little added safety – for protection and peace of mind.
If you participate in any of these sports or have a child that is an athlete, always make sure to have a mouthguard or other protection in place to decrease your risk of dental/facial injuries…
If you have any questions about the best way to prepare your teeth for your big sporting competitions or outdoor expeditions, just ask the friendly dental team at All About Smiles in Wilmington. We can create a custom solution just for you that won’t interfere with your ability always give your best effort and be a worthy opponent no matter what kind of competition!
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!