12 MILLION PEOPLE: Annual amount of people — between the ages of 5-22 — that suffer sport-related injuries.
5 MILLION & $500 MILLION: Amount of teeth completely dislodged from the socket and the cost to replace them.
$5,000 – $20,000: Range that ONE knocked out tooth can cost over a lifetime.
20 MILLION: Number of lost school days due to sports injuries.
This April, together with the Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Orthodontists, Associated Orthodontists is recognizing National Facial Protection Month. This professional community wants to educate parents, patients, coaches, teachers and caregivers on the importance of protecting the head, mouth and face with the use of sports safety equipment, such as mouth guards and helmets.
So, whether a weekend warrior, or active in organized sports, facial protection for any athlete should be a top priority! Make sure to be protected with the 5 tips below:
Associated Orthodontists provides complimentary mouth guards for its patients, and has six convenient locations in Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, New Lenox, Frankfort and Bourbonnais. Please visit greatbraces.com to find a location near you, and to schedule your complimentary consultation.