Each April, the orthodontic and dental communities join together to promote National Facial Protection month. It is the perfect time of year to bring attention to how important it is to protect your teeth, gum and full mouth from injury during all the spring sports.


When it comes to dental injuries, sport related activities account for an estimated 39% during the spring months. A simple way to limit the risk of oral injury, especially while undergoing orthodontic treatment, is to always wear protective facial and mouth gear, especially a mouth guard, when engaging in organized or recreational sports.

“It is important that adult and children athletes and coaches to play it safe by wearing mouth guards and appropriate protective gear when participating in activities that could cause injuries,” said Huntington-based orthodontist Dr. Inna Gellerman, a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). “Many sports injuries can be prevented by wearing appropriate protective gear.” 

Mouth guards are one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available. Dr. Gellerman’s office runs a year-round free mouth guard program and has donated hundreds of high-quality custom-fit mouth guards to student athletes throughout the Huntington community. Parents and coaches are encouraged to call the office to schedule a time for a fitting, which takes only a few minutes and then the students return to pick up their mouth guard at their convenience.

Dr. Gellerman advises parents and coaches to remind youngsters to always use a mouth guard when participating in any activity during which the mouth could come into contact with a hard object or the pavement.

 “Athletes who wear braces should consult their orthodontist for a recommendation of the best mouth guard to wear during orthodontic treatment,” said Dr. Gellerman.

Consistent use of other protective equipment is important, too.  Helmets save lives and prevent head injuries.  They should be worn for activities such as bicycling, skateboarding or skating on in-line skates.  Helmet wear is mandated for many organized sports. Face guards, devices made of plastic or metal that attach to baseball helmets, help to prevent facial injuries as well.


For more information, visit Dr. Gellerman’s website at http://www.drgellerman.com or call 631-427-8444.

National Facial Protection Month is co-sponsored annually by the American Association of Orthodontists, the oldest and largest dental specialty organization in the world, and by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy for Sports Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO. The AAO’s website is www.mylifemysmile.org.



Dr. Gellerman and her team are committed to creating Spectacular Smiles for each and every patient, providing the highest standards of orthodontic care in a warm and comforting environment. Dr. Gellerman is a nationally recognized Invisalign top 1% provider and offers patients the latest in orthodontic technology to dramatically decrease treatment time by as much as 40%. To learn more, visit www.drgellerman.com or call 631-427-8444. The office is conveniently located in the Village of Huntington at 165 Main Street, Huntington NY  11743.

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