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Now that spring sports are becoming a reality once again, it’s more important than ever to protect your face. That means wearing mouth guards, face shields, protective eyewear, and helmets for sports like lacrosse, baseball, and soccer. You can celebrate National Facial Protection Month by reading up on these tips to protect your most valuable asset: your face.
According to Medscape, sports-related facial injuries comprise eight percent of facial soft tissue injuries. Did you know 10 to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face? This most often occurs due to direct hits from balls or with a body part such as another player’s elbow.
Play it safe when taking part in recreational and organized sports, as facial injuries are not only painful but can lead to serious and long-lasting injury. Eyes, teeth, jaws … these all need the highest levels of protection.
To be the safest you can be when hitting the fields or courts this spring, wear:
Organized sports that have the most oral injuries include:
But this doesn’t mean that pickup sports are any less dangerous. In fact, they can be more so because of the lack of organization, rules, and referees overseeing play.
This spring, have a conversation with your dentist about the right mouthguards, shields, and other protective face equipment necessary for the kinds of sports you or your child play.
If you require a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth while participating in sports, contact us at 818-762-2977 to make an appointment.