As a member of the AAO, I want to help make sure my patients and their teammates are properly protected from sports-related injuries to teeth, mouth and face. Simple and relatively inexpensive protective sports gear – such as mouth guards – can make a big difference in reducing or preventing oral injuries.

Researchers found the five most common causes of childhood injuries were, in order of frequency, basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer. Consistent use of other protective equipment is important, too. Mandated for many organized sports, helmets save lives and prevent head injuries.

Face guards, devices made of plastic or metal that attach to baseball helmets, also help to prevent facial injuries. Because orthodontists help kids and adults obtain healthy, beautiful smiles – the last thing we want to see is a patient get injured because they weren’t properly equipped. If an accident occurs, causing facial injury, you should go to the emergency room. If there’s any dental damage done, contact your child’s dentist so that arrangements can be made to correct the problem. While damage to braces can lengthen treatment time, it also can affect results, so contact your orthodontist for advice if damage occurs.

If a child has braces they should always wear a mouth guard. Serious trauma can occur to the lips and gums if they are hit in the mouth with a ball or stick without the proper protection.
To prevent facial injuries, remember these four important tips:
1. Wear mouth guards for contact sports to help prevent injuries to the teeth and mouth.
2. Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact.
3. Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable.
4. Be alert even as a spectator. Alert spectators can avoid foul baseballs and flying hockey pucks.

For more information and tips about mouth guards and facial protection visit mylifemysmile.org – Courtesy American Association of Orthodontists

Coral Orthodontics
Dr. Prathima Adusumilli
11332 Wiles rd,
Coral Springs Fl 33076
www.coralortho.com