Tackling sports safety, with Drs. Engen and Hahn

Let’s face it: sports-related injuries are common among children, let alone teens with braces. In a recent survey, the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, discovered that 70 percent of parents said their biggest worry is that their child will get hurt while playing sports. But 67 percent admitted that their child doesn’t wear a mouth guard when participating in organized sports such as football, basketball, baseball and soccer. That’s why Drs. David Engen and Rudolf Hahn are helping spread the word that many facial sports injuries can be prevented simply by reminding your kids to wear mouth guards. In addition, the AAO has provided the following tips for keeping your kids safe on the field this spring. Please remind them to:

• Wear mouth guards during contact sports
• Wear a helmet
• Stretch before and after a game or practice
• Wear protective eye wear
• Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
• Be observant—even as a spectator

All of these can reduce injuries. Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Be sure to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements Dr. Engen is trying to achieve.

Give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at Dr. Engen & Dr. Rudolf’s office.

PATIENT REVIEWS

Larry A.
Jun 29, 2014

 

Because of the internet information provided about his background and education, I feel I have a top level, up-to-date professional taking care of me.

Paul G.(Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014

 

Excellent! Top notch! I have been seeing Cindy for over 20 years and love her care and concern for my health. Thanks to Dr. Engen & Cindy the hygienist I still have my teeth!