Facial injuries can be devastating to one’s health and well-being. When a patient endures traumatic injuries to the face and oral cavity, the expertise of an oral surgeon is utilized for treatment. This is because an oral surgeon has specialty training and advanced education to repair and reconstruct soft and hard tissues that affect the inside of the mouth and lower part of the face. Since facial injuries are so traumatic, we provide patient education on prevention. Following are some helpful tips for avoiding dental and facial injuries.
Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings
This might seem like an obvious tip but many times, patients come to us with facial trauma due to accidental falls and missteps in familiar places such as their home or office. We strongly encourage members of our community to be mindful and aware of their surroundings. For instance, hold onto railings in stairwells and keep pathways in your home free of clutter and furniture.
Never Forget Protective Sports Wear
A multitude of sports and physical activities can lead to accidents that cause dental and facial injuries. If you play a contact sport or engage in a physical activity where falling is likely, be sure to wear protective chinstraps, helmets, and mouth guards when applicable. These protective appliances can prevent many types of injuries and greatly reduce the severity of others.
Always Wear a Seatbelt
Car accidents are a common contributor to facial injuries and trauma to the oral cavity. Wearing a seatbelt can save your life as well as prevent severe damage to the oral and maxillofacial region. Even if you’re just traveling a short distance, it is important to always wear a safety belt.
Never Drive Distracted
Distracted driving greatly increases one’s chances of getting into an automobile accident. When driving, avoid using your cell phone, eating, or putting on makeup. Always give yourself ample time to get where you are going and follow posted speed limits.
Our practice provides expert treatment for facial trauma including corrective and reconstructive procedures. Call us today to reserve a consultation with one of our caring surgeons.