With spring here, many children, teens, and adults in the Greater Pittsburgh area will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace-up their cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! April is National Facial Protection Month, and during this time, Drs. King and our dedicated team urge our young athletes to play it safe when out on the field. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes, and adults will have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events this year.

Here are a few ways to ensure your mouth’s safety this spring, courtesy of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists:

  • Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear protective eyewear
  • Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
  • Be alert, even as a spectator

We hope that helps. Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact King Orthodontics. Stay safe and have fun!