Protect Your Face and Mouth to Prevent Serious Injuries

National Facial Protection Month, April 2011

Facial Protection

When you or your kids take a bike ride or get ready for outdoor sports activities, do you automatically put on a fitted helmet and mouth guard?

When engaging in an activity where the face or head could encounter a hard object, for example the head of another player or a face plant on the sidewalk when the skateboard wheel hits a crack, wearing a helmet and mouth guard can provide valuable protection against serious injury.

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, each year more than 3 million Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms for a serious injury to the face or mouth, such as a concussion, broken jaw or loose or broken teeth, adding up to thousands of dollars in medical and dental expenses. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the right mouth guard or protective helmet had been worn.

Next time you or your kids head outdoors for sports or play activities, grab the mouth guards and appropriate protective helmets to prevent having to spend time in the emergency room to care for a mouth or facial injury!

Do you or your kids regularly wear a fitted helmet or mouth guard for sports activities? Has anyone in your family experienced a mouth or facial injury? – Ken VanCleave, Ameritas Group