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Remember your mouth guard when you play

Let's work together to protect that smile of yours. Just by wearing a mouth guard, you reduce the risk of knocking out teeth or breaking your jaw. Chances are if you play in organized sports, your coach may already require that you wear a mouth guard. But did you know that even when you're riding your bike or getting a game together with the kids in your neighborhood that it's a good idea to wear a mouth guard?

Any time you're engaged in an activity where your face can come in contact with something hard say another player, a ball, the pavement or any hard object it's a time that you should be wearing a mouth guard. Many injuries can be far less severe or even prevented altogether by the simple act of you wearing a mouth guard.

Mouth guards are a smart investment in your dental health. Talk to your orthodontist about the best mouth guard to use while you have braces. When your braces are off, your dentist or orthodontist can help you select the right mouth guard.

Get into the mouth guard habit! April is National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Mouth guards are a good idea all year long.