Conclusion

Unfortunately we are unable to prevent all dentofacial injuries. Children cannot learn to walk without falling and older children cannot completely avoid tripping over their own feet during recess. In many cases the result is an injury to the mouth. However, there are preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the severity and frequency of injury.

Image: Infant properly buckled into a car seat.
Image: Youth baseball player wearing proper batting helmet with protective face cage.

The use of car safety seats for infants and young children and mouthguards and helmets for older children engaged in sports (contact and noncontact) can reduce the incidence of dentofacial injuries and its consequences. Dentists and auxiliaries have an obligation to educate patients and parents to available options to reduce such injuries.