One in four parents says their child has had an injury during an organized sport resulting in a trip to the emergency room, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO. That’s why Drs. Roger Nettune, Kenneth Banasiak and team at Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates thought February—also known as National Children’s Dental Health Month—would be a great time to remind our patients to be mindful of their braces and teeth while playing sports. Here are a few tips to stay safe on the field this spring, courtesy of the AAO:
- Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
- Wear a helmet
- Wear protective eyewear
- Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
- Be alert, even as a spectator
We hope that helps. Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates. Stay safe and have fun!