Steps to Prevent Facial Injuries

oral surgeon DallasA severe injury can end up resulting in a trip to the oral surgeon, so most patients want to do as much as possible to prevent such problems whenever possible.

Some steps to prevent facial injuries are quite simple. For example, many patients find themselves visiting an oral surgeon to repair a fractured jaw or other facial trauma suffered in a car accident.

Therefore, be sure to buckle up every time you get in the car. That restraint can help reduce your likelihood of facial fractures if you are in an accident.

Additionally, reducing your risk of an accident by avoiding drunk driving and driving at the speed limit can also help to prevent facial injuries.

You can also look at your home setup to reduce the risk of facial injuries that could require oral surgery. Walk through each room and examine it for possible tripping hazards, like loose rugs. Keeping your floors clear can prevent falls that can result in a broken jaw or other facial fracture. This is especially important for older adults, who are more prone to falling at home and tend to suffer more traumatic injuries from such a fall. 

Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard can go a long way to protect an athlete from severe facial trauma while playing contact sports. 

During winter months, be sure to keep your sidewalks clear of ice, too – for your own benefit as well as that of your neighbors.

Athletes are particularly prone to facial injuries, too. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard can go a long way to protect an athlete from severe facial trauma while playing contact sports. A dental provider can design one to meet your unique specifications so that it has an effective fit, unlike boil-and-bite varieties.

Even recreational athletes, like rock climbers, rollerbladers or occasional bike riders should also wear helmets to prevent facial injuries.

Patients can take a number of precautions to reduce their risk of facial trauma. However, if you do suffer from a facial injury, schedule a consultation with our team at Oral Surgery Associates of North Texas as quickly as possible to identify the appropriate intervention to repair the damage. This step can help you achieve your desired treatment outcomes.