April is National Facial Protection Month, and all of us at Oral and Facial Surgery would like to encourage both children and adults to protect their faces and heads as they prepare for outdoor activities this spring. Patients with head, mouth, and facial injuries from sports-related incidents often flood doctors’ offices and emergency rooms in the spring. Most with injuries to the mouth, face, and head from sports-related accidents. Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards.
National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Together we encourage children and adults to enjoy the pleasures of the season by using common sense and taking the necessary precautions to prevent sports injuries.
For more information about the prevention and treatment of facial injury, visit MyOMS.org.
Help raise awareness. Here you’ll find a wealth of resources – facts and statistics, flyers and posters to download and share, and tips for avoiding injuries.
Dr. William Nelson, DDS, discussed National Facial Protection Month on Dr. Kvitko’s April 13, 2014 Dentally Speaking podcast.
Posted courtesy of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons