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April is National Facial Protection Month

April 4, 2022

At Smile Care Dental Group, we’re dedicated to helping patients of all ages experience the benefits of healthy, beautiful smiles.

Smart Smiles Play It Safe!

Of course, establishing a solid foundation for a lifetime of good oral health also involves taking steps to protect your smile from injury. Since April is National Facial Protection Month, it’s an excellent time to discuss why a mouthguard constitutes an essential piece of game time gear.   

The statistics are clear.

With participation in organized and recreational sports rising, incidents of sports-related trauma have also increased. Injuries to the teeth, jaws, and tissues in and around the mouth are no exception. According to recent estimates from the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports-related injuries are maxillofacial injuries.

Wearing a mouthguard to protect your winning smile

Despite these statistics, the simple step of wearing an appropriate sports mouthguard offers excellent protection against many oral injuries. As a matter of fact, it’s estimated mouthguards prevent close to 200,000 oral injuries each year. Designed to cushion and protect the teeth and surrounding tissues, a well-fitted mouthguard minimizes the chances a blow to the face results in broken teeth and associated injuries to the lips, tongue, face, and jaw. It’s also believed a mouthguard may lessen the force of the impact transmitted to the brain.

Trusted care to preserve and protect your family’s smiles

At Smile Care Dental Group, we recommend incorporating a mouth guard as a standard piece of athletic equipment for many sports and recreational activities. 

Remember, while it’s essential to wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports like boxing, martial arts, football, and rugby, it’s also wise to consider one for activities such as gymnastics, skateboarding, and the like.   

You can count on Dr. Wesam Shafee and his skilled professional team to provide the best options to preserve and protect your family’s smiles. While ready-to-wear and boil-and-bite mouthguards may offer some level of protection, the best and most comfortable mouthguards to safeguard your smile and those of your loved ones are individually designed and customized by our office.

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