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April is National Facial Protection Month

This month we're spreading the word to remind both children and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head. Spring often brings a flood of patients suffering with head, mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports-related accidents to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards.

National Facial Protection Month 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. Together we encourage children and adults to enjoy the pleasures of the season by using common sense and taking the necessary precautions to prevent sports injuries.

For more information about the prevention and treatment of facial injury, visit MyOMS.org.

Help raise awareness. Here you’ll find a wealth of resources – facts and statistics, flyers and posters to download and share, and tips for avoiding injuries.

Posters

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Play Safe Poster
Featuring Teemu Selanne #8, Anaheim Ducks
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AAOMS MEMBERS: Log in to the members-only section for a list of additional ways to promote National Facial Protection Month to your patients and community.

2014 National Facial Protection Month News Release

Informational Handouts

When Do You Need a Mouth Guard Handout
Consumer Guide to Mouth Guards
Facial First Aid Card
What to Do When Injuries Occur

Resources from the CDC

Color Me Safe coloring book (English)
Color Me Safe coloring book (Spanish)
Concussion in Youth Sports Fact Sheet for Parents
Concussion in Youth Sports Fact Sheet for Athletes
Concussion in Youth Sports Fact Sheet for Coaches
Parent-Athlete Concussion Information Sheet
Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury
Sports Injury Fact Sheet (English)
Sports Injury Fact Sheet (Spanish)