Athletic injuries can heavily impact a child or adult’s health. This National Facial Protection Month, we’re focusing on facial injuries and the measures that can be taken to avoid dental damage when playing sports. This April awareness month is all about learning how to use face protectors to your advantage and what to do if you or your child has an accident.
When athletes don’t wear a mouthguard, a fall, collision, or hard hit to the head or face may also affect their teeth, causing a dental injury:
Even if your tooth injury doesn’t seem like an emergency, we recommend seeing a dentist as soon as you can if you think there’s been damage. Harm to the teeth can have long-term consequences when not treated properly at the outset.
Athletes should be aware of the possibility of being injured and take measures to minimize them as early as childhood. Across the United States, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of death among children under 19. According to the CDC, about 33 children die every day because of sports-related injuries. For the most part, these injuries are preventable. Child, college, and professional athletes can use these tips to prevent harm during sports:
Penn Dental Family Practice is an experienced dental provider that can help you or your child if you have had the misfortune of getting a facial injury. Though they can greatly reduced the risk of injury, safety measures are no guarantee against harm.
In the case of dental emergency, please call our office at 215-898-7337. Even if it’s after hours, someone will be on the line to help you figure out what to do and get the help you need.
You can learn more about dental emergencies and how to handle them by downloading our free Survivor’s Guide to Dental Emergencies.
What have you learned this National Facial Protection Month about injury prevention during sports? Be sure to talk to your family this month about prevention tips!