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April Is National Facial Protection Month: Avoid Losing and Damaging Teeth with Mouthguards

April is National Facial Protection Month. In observance, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) is reminding residents of the importance of using mouth guards during contact activities and sports this spring.

April is National Facial Protection Month. In observance, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) is reminding residents of the importance of using mouth guards during contact activities and sports this spring.

“There are so many ways to be injured during sports that sometimes people overlook protecting one of our most sensitive areas—our mouths,” said Dr. Jeffrey Berkley, CSDA President. “Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard. The best way to prevent a painful mouth injury is to wear a mouth guard, even if you’re not playing a contact sport.”

Mouth protectors, or mouth guards, minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to lips, tongue, face or jaw during physical activities. They are an important part of any athlete’s gear, especially for people with braces or bridge work, as a blow to the face could damage brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. Mouth guards also limit the risk of soft tissue injuries as they provide a barrier between brackets and cheeks.

There are three different types of mouth guards: custom-fitted, boil-and-bite and stock. Custom-fitted mouth guards are individually made by dentists to offer a customized fit. Boil-and-bite guards are customized at home by boiling the mouth guard and biting into it to leave an impression for a closer fit. Stock guards come pre-formed and ready to wear, though they may not fit as well as a custom-fitted or boil-and-bite.

“Wearing a mouth guard is an easy and relatively inexpensive prevention tool,” said Dr. Berkley. “We recommend all athletes and participants of contact activities take all the necessary precautions before play to avoid injuries to mouth and teeth.”

About Connecticut State Dental Association
With approximately 2,600 members, including dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) advocates for the public’s health and promotes the profession of dentistry. The CSDA is the trusted leader and voice for oral health care in Connecticut. For more information about the CSDA, visit the Association's Web site at www.csda.com.

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