We have already provided you with a reminder that April is a month during which it’s time to focus on protecting yourself from oral cancer. Did you know that in addition to that topic, there’s another issue that receives national recognition regarding your oral health? Indeed! April is also National Facial Protection Month. Not familiar with what this is all about but you would certainly prefer to keep your face safe and sound? No problem. We can quickly catch you up to speed.
What Could Happen
Your face is vulnerable to a variety of injuries, just as is true of your entire body. When it comes to facial injuries, remember that you have soft tissue, hard tissue, eyes, a nose, your teeth, your cranium, your jawbone, and the list continues. When it comes to our field of care, our focus rests most heavily on protecting your oral health, which means helping you keep your smile and all supportive structures intact. Common injuries that require oral surgery may include a broken or damaged jawbone, dislodged or broken teeth, and more.
What You Can Do
In honor of this month’s cause, we encourage you to think of ways you may be placing your face in danger. Do you practice any type of intense workout? Are you participating in team sports? Do you take your feet off the ground to skate or bike? When you increase your chance of an accidental impact to your face, the chance of injury rises. We suggest choosing the appropriate protective gear for your activities of choice, whether that’s a helmet, mouthguard, or otherwise, so your oral health remains safe.
Keep Your Smile Safe With Protective Gear
Talk with us about your options for keeping your smile safe and sound, so you can avoid problems like facial injuries. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.