With spring here, many children, teens and adults will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up their cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! April is National Facial Protection Month, and during this time, we urge our young athletes to play it safe when out on the field. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults will have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events this year.
Here are a few ways to ensure your or your child’s mouth’s safety this spring:
1. Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
2. Wear a helmet
3. Wear protective eyewear
4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
5. Be alert, even as a spectator
We hope that helps. Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. We offer free basic mouth guards for our patients, and can also create custom mouth guards if requested. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact our office. Stay safe and have fun!
With winter sports under way for a lot of our patients and spring sports on the horizon, Dr. John Delplanche and Dr. Frederick Massar thought it would be a good time to remind our young athletes wearing braces to take care of both their mouth and appliances while participating in sports.
More than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth between ages 5 and 24. Sixty-seven percent of parents say their child does not wear a mouth guard, yet, 70 percent say their biggest fear when their child plays is that they will get hurt. Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouth guards and facial protection during games and practices.
Many people think a mouth guard is effective just to protect your teeth. But research has shown mouth guards can also reduce lower jaw impact that causes concussions and other dental injuries. While our office does not make custom mouth guards during your treatment, we do offer free mouth guards for our patients who play sports. If you are interested in a mouth guard, just let our office know!
Our team at Raleigh Hills Orthodontics would also like to say “Good Luck” to our local school teams! We recently attended the Jesuit High School vs. Beaverton High School basketball game, and had a great time. We look forward to seeing you all at future games!