national facial protection month

The Hard Hitting Truth: Play Safe!

April 15th, 2019

As the sun begins to peak through the clouds and warmer weather approaches, it is a concern for many parents to protect their little ones from injuries as they gear up for outdoor activities this spring. In fact, this time of the year numerous patients suffer with head, mouth, and facial injuries because of sports accidents. Did you know, according to research published in the Journal of American Dental Association, teeth injured from a traumatic accident may never completely heal? This could result in extra dental treatment costs and long-term problems within the oral cavity. Luckily, with the right equipment and information, these accidents can be prevented and your smile can remain safe and sound! Each April, National Facial Protection Month, sponsored by the Academy for Sports DentistryAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistryAmerican Academy of PediatricsAmerican Dental AssociationAmerican Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Orthodontists, reminds us to play hard, smart, and safe by taking the necessary safety measures to prevent sports-related accidents.

Prevention is key, take a look at how you can protect your pearly whites, and what you need to do if an accident does occur:

Approximately 80 percent of dental trauma occurs on the upper two front teeth. Unfortunately, mouthguard use in sports is very low, with about 67% of parents reporting that their child does not use a mouthguard. In addition, 27% of the same surveyed parents reported that their child had an emergency room visit due to a sports-related accident.

Baseball, soccer, basketball and football make up a good majority (80%) of sports-related emergency room visits for kids aged between 5 and 14, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, facial injuries can occur at any age and regardless of the sport!

Mouthguards are known to protect your face, and lower the risk of broken teeth and damage to the lips, tongue, jaw, and surrounding structures of the face. Your teeth are at a 60% higher risk of being damaged when a mouthguard is not worn for protection. Therefore, make sure that all who participate in sports or recreational activities own and wear a fitted mouthguard.

Take a look at the different types of mouthguards available:

Custom-made Mouthguard:

A custom-made mouthguard is made by the dentist to the exact fit of your mouth. As a result, it provides the most protection and comfort, but is typically more expensive than the store-bought mouthguards. It covers all of the surfaces of the teeth and cushions the jaw.

Boil and Bite Mouthguard:

Boil-and-Bite mouthguards are placed in boiling water and then placed on the teeth to form the exact shape. It can be found at sports stores and other department stores. It is, however, less comfortable than the custom-made mouthguard and often wears down quicker and needs to be replaced often.

Commercial Mouthguard:

Found at several department stores, commercial mouthguards are the least expensive, but is the least effective because it cannot be shaped to the exact fit of your mouth. It is made out of rubber or polyvinyl and comes in generic small, medium, and large sizes.

Be sure to keep your mouthguard clean by rinsing and brushing it to remove any bacteria build up on the mouth guard.

If you or your child happen to be injured in the mouth, here's what you need to know:

Fractured/Broken tooth

  • If your tooth chips or falls out and you can find the broken piece, store it immediately preferably in Hanks Balanced Salt Solution, or in milk, or water. You can also try to gently push an extruded tooth back into the socket after carefully rinsing. See your dentist immediately within 1 hour because time is critical if it can be placed back in position. When handling the tooth only hold it by the crown and not at the root.

Facial cuts

  • Cover the wound with a clean dressing and apply pressure. Visit an emergency room if wounds are severe.

Cuts within the mouth

  • Rinse the mouth gently with cold water and apply pressure to cut with gauze. Immediately seek emergency care to evaluate for jaw injury. If you notice swelling, apply ice. Also, stick to soft food diet. Seek dental care or medical attention if to improvement occurs after a day.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. DerekDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Stephens would be more than willing to help.

Spring into Sports with Facial Protection

April 15th, 2016

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To those who have long awaited spring, the days are starting to get brighter, and warmer! With spring comes many joys, including the beginning of the spring sports season. Not to mention, April is National Facial Protection Month, which is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Whether you'll be out on the field playing or watching from afar, it's important to spread the word to both children and adults participating in outdoor activities about the necessity of keeping their face, head, and mouths protected. It is important to take the necessary precautions, such as easily putting on mouth guards and helmets, to prevent sports-related injuries and the unwanted trip to the emergency room.

The Academy for Sports Dentistry highlights these five simple safety tips to keep your body healthy and safe:

  1. Mouth Guards are a Must. We're all aware that unfortunately, accidents happen. Mouth guards are can be customized by your dentist to ensure comfort. Mouth guards keep the teeth held together and allow for regular speech and breathing.
  2. Don't Forget about Helmets .  Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Wear Protective Eyewear.  Eyes can easily be damaged during sports activities and it is necessary to protect them with eyewear!
  4. Shield Your Face and Skin.  In sports such as hockey and football, it is important to wear protective facial shields to prevent facial damage.
  5. Promote Mandatory Protective Gear.  Unfortunately, it is only mandatory for athletes who play football, hockey and boxing to wear mouth guards. Promote and spread the word of the importance of wearing mouth guards and sports gear for ALL sports!

A recent study conducted by study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that the five most common causes of childhood injuries were basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer. Approximately 12 million individuals ranging in ages from 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury each year, which results in 20 million lost days of schooland around $33 billion in medical and dental costs! But, these injuries CAN be prevented by following the necessary steps stated above.

Help your kids get excited about using mouth guards for protection, especially with all of the eye-catching designs that are available.

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Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://ginsbergortho.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/03/nation-facial-protection-month-1.jpg

http://www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month

http://buffalogroveortho.com/newblog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/sport-mouth-guard-stacks.jpg

http://www.academyforsportsdentistry.org/facial-protection-month

Is Your Mouthpiece Making You Sick?

April 12th, 2015

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Whether your little one is signing up for little league or soccer camp, the season for sports is coming up. April marks National Facial Protection Month, which is a great time to remind children and adults about the importance of being safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and school sports this spring.  There are quite a few items of equipment you’ll need to get, but never forget to protect those teeth! All contact sports require mouthguards, and for good reason. To read some more about why using a mouthpiece is so important, visit “Sports Mouthguards: Necessary Protection for Your Child.” After learning a bit about what type of mouthguard you’d be best off with, you need to ensure that you know the necessary upkeep. Washing your mouthguard is as essential as washing your hands and needs it about as often. The importance of this cleanliness cannot be stressed enough.

Recently, there have been several extreme cases of viral infection stemming from unsanitized mouthguards. The bacteria on your mouthguard is in direct contact to your bloodstream via your gums. This leaves you even further susceptible to extremely dangerous internal infections. According to Thomas Glass, DDS, PHD, "While mouthguards appear solid, they are very porous, like a sponge, and with use, microorganisms invade these porosities...There are warning signs that can alert athletes that he or she may be suffering from a contaminated mouthguard.  Those include difficulty breathing, wheezing, diarrhea and nausea to the point of vomiting.”

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You can protect yourself and your child very easily with these maintenance tips:

  • Never share a mouthguard. Think of it as similar to sharing a toothbrush! Sharing oral appliances with others can expose you to germs and gum diseases, which often shows halitosis.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth and mouthguard before and after wearing it. Practicing good oral health habits will save your teeth in the long run!
  • If using a disposable mouthguards, ensure that you throw them out after the recommended amount of time.
  • Bring a backup mouthguard to games so that you have one in case your primary mouthguard gets dirty.
  • Store your mouthguard in a clean plastic case during half times to minimize handling.


If an athlete ever experiences a mouth injury, even as small as a scrape, the mouth should be sanitized with the necessary antiseptics and mouthwash.
The mouthguard should, then, be replaced immediately. As important as it is to wear your proper gear, make sure your gear isn't able to hurt you, too.

Wellesley Dental Group has worked with a number of schools around the Metro-west region, providing custom made mouthguards to our young athletes. If your children are involved in any sports this season, it might be a good idea to get custom mouthguards for them, to keep them safe from oral and facial injuries!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/newsroom/?news=article&pid=89&iid=816&aid=4128

http://www.momsteam.com/health-safety/mouth-guards-prevent-dental-injuries-but-need-to-be-replaced-frequently

http://www.defensesport.com/reports/Sports-Dentistry-Article.pdf

http://www.massdental.org/content.aspx?id=2550

http://www.pearldentalclinic.co.uk/files/images/services/header_img/mouth-guards.jpg

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