National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month, which encompasses more than the average tooth chip or tooth injury. This month we are highlighting the importance of athletic mouthguards. Together with the American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Academy of Pediatrics, we stand united in raising awareness for the importance of wearing an athletic mouthguard.

Many adults and children are returning to outdoor activities and contact sports, as the weather gets warmer and it becomes safer to return to outdoor activities. Here at Metropolitan Dental Care often during the summer months, we see an increase in the number of patients with facial and oral injuries. From riding your bike to a pick up basketball game, accidents can happen so prevention is key. Safety equipment is paramount. Some activities not only need a helmet but also an athletic mouthguard. Although athletic guards cannot prevent all injuries, they can prevent many
teeth injuries. Chipped teeth and lip lacerations (cuts) are common injuries however sometimes injuries can be even more aggressive and result in fractures of the upper or lower jaws or orbits (eye sockets).

The athletic guard is made of laminated ethyl vinyl acetate material and varies in thickness from 3 mm to 5 mm. It can be made in a variety of colors to match your sports uniform. A guard is typically made for either the top arch or bottom arch of your teeth.

At Metropolitan Dental Care we will take an impression-free digital scan and have your custom athletic guard made.

For any questions, give us a call at Metropolitan Dental Care at 212-574-7829.

Dr. Leelah Jaberi, DDS

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