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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Applaud Congresswoman McCarthy's Resolution Raising Awareness of Preventable Facial Trauma During Sports Activities
Date:3/4/2009

ROSEMONT, Ill., March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Facial trauma is a too frequent occurrence during sports activities ranging from cycling to volleyball. Earlier this week Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced H. Res. 193, a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to designate April as National Facial Protection Month. Congresswoman McCarthy, chairwoman of the House Education & Labor Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, has been a vocal supporter of preventing unnecessary facial trauma during sports activities. As the spring sports season gets underway, Congresswoman McCarthy and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) hope to prevent head and face injuries by educating the public about the importance of effective oral and facial protective devices and equipment.

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An estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out each year during sports activities. Further, athletes participating in contact sports have a 10% chance of sustaining a significant oral-facial injury each session and are 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard. Approximately one-third of all dental injuries and 19% of all head and face injuries are sports-related.

Congresswoman McCarthy's resolution seeks to declare April an important month to raise public awareness regarding the need to:

  • Utilize proper dental and facial protection during sporting activities; and
  • Conduct additional research into effective interventions and programs that encourage
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