Apr 14, 2015

TAKE 5: Protect Your Child with These 5 Easy Steps

Metro Detroit Mommy Sponsored Guest Blogger: Dr. Megan Stowers - Cabot and Stowers Pediatric Dentistry

April is National Facial Protection Month and your friends at Cabot and Stowers, Specialists in Dentistry for Children, are calling all players, coaches, teachers, parents/caregivers to participate in 
Take Five, a program developed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.

Our office, along with the nation's top dental associations want to remind everyone to play it safe during recreational and organized sports to help prevent serious injuries that can take the fun out of the game. TAKE 5, and take in these simple safety tips: 

1. Mouthguards are a MUST. Your dentist can help fabricate a custom mouthguard or recommend a type appropriate for a growing and changing mouth. Mouthguards have been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of dental and facial injuries. Mouthguards are an essential piece of athletic equipment. 

2. Helmets are always HELPFUL. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.

3. Have 20/20 vision with Protective EYEWEAR. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports, you must protect them to see your bright future. 

4. Face shields save SKIN and MORE. Hockey pucks, footballs, softballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.

5. CHEER and SHOUT your support for mandatory protective gear. Athletes who participate in ice hockey, football, lacrosse, boxing, and wrestlers with braces are required to wear mouthguards. If mouthguards have been proven to significantly decrease the risk of oral injuries, why is it not mandatory in every sport for kids to wear them? 

At Cabot and Stowers Pediatric Dentistry our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality and most compassionate dental care to our patients from infancy through young adulthood, including those with special health care needs in a fun environment. 

Dr. Megan Stowers was awarded her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. She earned her Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry from The University of Michigan and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Megan is currently on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in the department of surgery. She is always eager to meet new smiling faces in the practice. 

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