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​About Three Million Teeth Expected To Be Knocked Out

Friday, March 13, 2015

About Three Million Teeth Expected To Be Knocked Out During Sporting Events Annually.

In his column for the Modesto (CA) Bee (3/13), Dr. Michael E. Cadra writes that National Facial Protection Month comes in April, but adds that he has already seen “several dental and facial injuries this month due to baseball” and the unseasonably dry, warm weather. Dr. Cadra writes that the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation forecast last year that some 3 million teeth would be knocked out as the result of youth sporting events. More concerning is an American Association of Orthodontists survey that found that 67 percent of parents said their children do not wear mouth guards during sporting activities, even though the NYSSF reports that “athletes who do not wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.” Dr. Cadra goes on to advise parents insist their children wear proper safety equipment while playing sports.

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