April is National Facial Protection Month

The Perfect Time to Check Your Sports Safety Gear

April is National Facial Protection Month, and the orthodontic professionals at Corbridge Orthodontics encourage high schoolers who play sports in Frisco, Little Elm, Prosper, and surrounding areas to wear quality mouth guards. While it is important for all kids and teens who are actively engaged in sports activities to protect their mouths, it is doubly important for those who wear braces.

Are Mouthguards Really That Important?

When talking about proper sports safety gear, many people focus on things like knee pads, helmets, shin guards, and other visibly obvious pieces of protection. However, keeping your teeth and mouth protected is just as important – especially if you are wearing orthodontic appliances. As an experienced provider of Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper orthodontics, Corbridge Orthodontics understands that the potential for oral lacerations and other serious injuries is greater when engaging in sports while wearing braces. Teenagers who participate in the following high-contact sports need to be especially vigilant and ensure that they are always wearing mouthguards:

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling

In addition to these high-contact sports, those who participate in vigorous non-contact sports such as rollerblading, mountain biking, gymnastics, and other similar activities should also wear mouthguards for their own protection.

How Can a Mouthguard Help?

Wearing braces does not restrict you from playing any of your favorite sports – it just puts you at greater risk of oral injury and orthodontic emergencies if you leave your mouth unprotected. A mouthguard absorbs shock and helps cushion your teeth from any strong blow to your face. When a mouthguard is not worn, it increases your chances of accidentally biting your cheeks, tongue, or lips. Those who do not wear mouthguards are also more likely to suffer from tooth damage, including tooth loss.

Wearing a mouthguard is a fairly simple task, but it can help prevent harm to your mouth while also protecting your orthodontic investment. If your athletic teen does not already own a mouthguard, there is no better time to purchase one than during National Face Protection Month in April.

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