April marks the beginning of National Facial Protection Month which the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) will be promoting through a unique partnership with All-Star major league pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Corbin sets an excellent example in the majors and for all athletes, by wearing a mouthguard when he plays both at bat and on the mound. At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, Dr. Walle and Dr. Lee want to let everyone know of the importance of protecting your teeth and face to prevent injuries when playing sports, as the spring brings us all out and about more.
Leading By Example
Corbin has even helped in promoting National Facial Protection Month this year by creating public service radio spots reminding those playing sports at any age to protect their mouth and face from harm. Corbin tries to leads by example, as he wants to help players remember that mouth guards are very important to all who play and are an easy way to help protect your dental health.
Annual Campaign By The AAO
National Facial Protection Month is an annual campaign by the American Association of Orthodontists to help “Spread the word to remind both children and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head.” This can be done through wearing a mouthguard and using the right gear every time you participate as an athlete in any sport this season.
Corbin Always Protects His Teeth
As baseballs can hit triple digit speeds when they leave a bat, Corbin knows first-hand the damage that can happen to one’s teeth. Corbin is diligent in always wearing his mouth guard during his professional games. He was quoted in a PRNewswire release as saying “Wearing a mouthguard on the field is just as important as any other protective gear,” and he added, “In baseball, a line drive can come at you when you least expect it, and it’s crucial to be protected at all times.” Corbin was named an All Star for the first time last year after jumping out to an 11-1 record by the All Star game break with a stunning 2.35 ERA. Corbin also says his mouth guard helps to align his jaw and his center of gravity, which he credits with relieving some of the tension in his neck, shoulder, and back muscles. He believes this all helps him achieve his best speed and precision with his pitching.
A Great Example To All
Gayle Glenn, D.D.S, M.S.D., the president of the AAO, also conveyed in the recent PRNewswire release that “We are fortunate to partner with Patrick Corbin, and applaud him for consistently wearing his mouth guard. He sets a great example for athletes of all ages, which drives home the importance of protecting the teeth and face,” adding that, “It’s a message we hope everyone takes seriously in April and all year round.”
If your child or you need to see about getting fitted for a mouth guard or other dental appliance, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.