The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is encouraging kids to “play it safe” and consistently wear mouth guards and other protective gear during competitions and practices.
Football, soccer and basketball can all be hard hitting sports and the members of the AAO want to ensure that orthodontic patients, and their teammates, are properly protected from sports related injuries to the jaw and mouth. These injuries can include a lifetime of maintenance to repair and maintain.
Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouth guards and facial protection during sporting competitions and practices.
Parents, coaches and kids need to understand the prevalence of sports injuries and know that many sports injuries can be reduced or prevented by wearing the proper protective gear.
During orthodontic treatment, it is especially important for patients to wear a mouth guard to prevent injury from braces that can easily cut lips cheeks when hit. Free orthodontic mouth guards are provided for all our patients. If you don’t have one or lost it, call our office or stop in to pick one up during office hours.
If you have any questions about what type of mouth guard will work best for you or your child – we will be happy to discuss this with you.
Masri Orthodontics is a HUGE supporter of local schools, youth athletic teams, and community organizations. Dr. Masri and his staff feel it is extremely important to help out as much as we can. Masri Orthodontics understands that without our support and others, the children of our community would not have the opportunities that they have. If your child is involved in an activity, Let us know, we may be able to help.