Young Athletes Urged to Use Face-Protecting Gear04/20/13
SATURDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes and their
parents and coaches are being reminded of the importance of wearing
mouth and face protection during recreational and organized
In 2012, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation predicted
that more than 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth
sporting events that year. The foundation also said that athletes
who don't wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to suffer
damage to their teeth.
A survey commissioned by the American Association of
Orthodontists found that 67 percent of parents said their children
did not wear a mouth guard during organized sports. It also found
that most children said they do not wear a mouth guard during
organized sports because they are not required to wear them,
according to a news release from the American Dental
Mouth guards not only save teeth, they also help protect jaws,
according to 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.
As part of National Facial Protection Month in April, the
experts offer the following advice about mouth and face protection
- Always wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. They are
much less expensive than the cost to repair an injury.
- Helmets are another important piece of safety equipment. They
absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the
- Use protective eyewear. The eyes are very vulnerable to injury
when participating in sports.
- A face shield can help prevent damage to the delicate bones
around the eyes, nose and jaw. Objects such as hockey pucks,
basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe damage to players of
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