Facial trauma can be an unfortunate affliction that can dramatically change one’s life and make daily life a struggle for many people. Though our professional team at Austin Oral Surgery has received extensive training to help those afflicted in cases of facial trauma, the best possible way of alleviating a traumatic facial injury is to never get one in the first place. Luckily, there are many simple measures you can take to prevent the development of an unwanted facial injury. Here are some basic precautions you can take to prevent the development of a severe facial injury in the first place.
Preventative Measures to Avoid Facial Trauma
Wear a Helmet When Biking, Skating, Etc. — While it may not always be the most stylish of options, wearing a helmet is a great preventative measure to lessen the chances of a facial or brain injury after a nasty fall when participating in a high-speed activity. Often times these high-speed, high-impact accidents that occur due to loss of balance or a crash occur on very hard surfaces such as concrete or a wooden floor which can cause terrible facial injuries. Likewise, helmets can do even better than prevent facial injury — they might just save your life, as many studies done on motorcycle accidents have shown.
Use a Mouth Protector While Playing Sports — Playing sports, and especially contact sports can be an unexpected, but surprisingly common source of facial injury or tooth loss. When playing a sport like Football or Soccer, you should wear a mouthguard to prevent any damage that might occur as a result of tackle that’s just a little too rough or a stray soccer ball that hits you in the face. In these cases, using a mouthguard can prevent damage to the jaw, lost teeth and other forms of facial trauma.
Wear a Hard Hat on the Job — If you’ve got a desk job filing paperwork or making sales, then we’ll exempt you from this one, but if you work in an industrial area, you should always be wearing a hard hat to protect you from any possible accident. This goes for workers in construction as well.
Wear Your Seatbelt and Use Child Seats — Like helmets, wearing a seatbelt might just save your life, but it can also protect your face, jaw and nose from potential injury in less severe accidents. Likewise, take care when riding with small children. Purchase a well-rated child seat and ensure that it is properly fastened in. Children too old for car seats should still sit in the back when necessary, as it is a safer location for them in the event of a crash.
These are just a few preventative measures you can take to prevent some common forms of facial trauma. In the unfortunate case that a severe facial injury does occur, contact Austin Oral Surgery. At Austin Oral Surgery, we perform services for acute treatment, emergency care and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation of facial injuries.