National Facial Protection Month
The Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association are teaming up to remind parents, coaches, and athletes, to play it safe when suiting up for recreational and organized sports.
“More than 5 million teeth are avulsed each year; many during sports activities, resulting in nearly $500 million spent on replacing these teeth each year.” – Journal of the American Dental Association
“An estimated 12 million people ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury annually, which leads to 20 million lost days of school and approximately $33 billion in healthcare costs.” – Academy for Sports Dentistry
The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation, finding that,
“an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.”