Play it Safe:
As per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry -
" April is National Facial Protection Month, and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD) are teaming up to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports.
· Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. Mouth guards can help prevent injury to a person’s jaw, mouth and teeth; and they are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury. Dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards.Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
· Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
· Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin. Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age."
To read more on their site visit: http://www.aapd.org/hottopics/news.asp?NEWS_ID=1447