A mouth guard can prevent or minimize injuries to the gums, teeth and jaws by acting as a barrier between the child's mouth and fast-moving sports equipment or opponents. Our job as orthodontists is to help our patients obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. The last thing we want to see is a patient injured and sidelined because they weren't properly equipped. That's where moms come in.
Simple and inexpensive protective sports gear – such as mouth guards – can make a big difference in reducing or preventing sports injuries. That's why the AAO is encouraging moms across the country to keep their children's smiles safe during organized and recreational sports and take the Moms For Mouth Guards Pledge. For every pledge received, the AAO will donate mouth guards to the National Alliance for Youth Sports.
Rehabilitation costs for a single knocked out tooth can run into the thousands of dollars over a lifetime. The following are a few tips to keep in mind to help protect a young athlete's smile–
For more information about the Moms For Mouth Guards program and to sign the Moms For Mouth Guards Pledge, visit www.momsformouthguards.org and to find an orthodontist near you, visit "Find an Orthodontist" on www.braces.org, or ask your dentist for a referral.
Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves "orthodontists," and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists.
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