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Play it Safe: April is National Facial Protection Month

HAMPTON, IOWA (April 12, 2012) — Franklin General Hospital, along with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), reminds children and adults: as you suit up for outdoor fun this spring, don’t forget to take care of your face. Spring too often brings a flood of patients suffering mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports‐related accidents to doctors’ offices and even emergency rooms.

Whether you are riding a bicycle, scooter or motorcycle, or playing baseball, soccer or lacrosse, wear a properly fitted helmet. A well‐fitted helmet should sit on top your head in a level position, covering the forehead. It should not rock back and forth or side to side. Pay attention to the chinstrap. It should fit around your ear and under your chin comfortably. The simple act of wearing a mouth guard when playing baseball or other contact sports saves tens of thousands of teeth annually. Other safety equipment, such as helmets and face shields, can protect wearers from facial injuries.

Franklin General hospital and its providers are teaming up to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports.

  • Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. Mouth guards can help prevent injury to a jaw, mouth and teeth, and they are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  • Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
  • Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin. Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.

Your health professionals at FGH care about your well-being and urge you to protect yourself and your loved ones from easily preventable oral and facial injuries when you head out this spring. For more information, visit our website,

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