One in four parents says their child has had an injury during an organized sport resulting in a trip to the emergency room, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). That’s why Lach Orthodontic Specialists thought February—also known as National Children’s Dental Health Month—would be a great time to remind our patients to be mindful of their braces and teeth while playing sports.
Here are a few tips to stay safe on the field this spring, courtesy of the AAO:
- Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse
- Wear a helmet when required
- Wear protective eye wear
- Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
- Be alert, even as a spectator
The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that mouth guards alone prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year. However, the AAO conducted a survey that revealed 67% of parents admitted their children do not wear mouth guards during organized sports. Please, do not let your child play organized sports without a mouth guard.
We hope these tips help. Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please give us a call.
About National Children’s Dental Health Month
Each February the ADA sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
For kids wearing braces, brushing and flossing can become more difficult, requiring extra time and vigilance to remove food particles that accumulate on and between the teeth and in braces. New options for braces such as Invisalign Teen (they are removable) make it easier for kids to maintain good oral health during orthodontic treatment.