Lake Forest Orthodontics Specialist Celebrates National Facial Protection Month

April 18, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
GURNEE, GRAYSLAKE AND ROUND LAKE, ILLINOIS - April is known to many dental professionals as National Facial Protection Month.

This event is sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Orthodontists.

"The weather is warming up, and kids want to go outside and play," says Dr. Michael Stosich, a Lake Forest Orthodontics expert. "Wearing a mouthguard during sporting events or recreational activities is key to preventing serious injury."

Parents may not realize the potential danger their child could be in if he/she doesn't wear mouth protection. Especially during contact sports, an elbow, fist or foot to the mouth could cause severe facial trauma. This may be avoided if a child wears a mouthguard.

"Patients in braces need to protect their teeth as well," says Stosich, an Invisalign treatment provider. "Broken orthodontic appliances can prolong treatment."

If a child isn't wearing protective mouth gear, injury can lead to root damage, chipped or broken teeth, or tooth loss.

Family orthodontist Stosich explains the three types of mouthguards.
1. Stock Mouth Protectors- This type comes ready to wear, and is available at many sporting goods stores. These are not a good choice for patients in braces.
2. Boil And Bite- This is made from a thermoplastic material, and is moldable once placed in hot water. This can also be purchased at sporting goods stores.
3. Custom-fit- Individually designed at a dental or orthodontic office, this can ensure the most comfort and protection.

Accidents may occur during any physical activity. Preventing facial trauma can save a child from extensive dental work down the road.

Learn More:
To learn more about dental braces and Lake Villa orthodontics, or to speak to a team member or schedule a complimentary consultation, call (847) 548-4200. Online appointment request forms are available on the website.

About Dr. Michael Stosich
Dr. Michael Stosich attended the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He then pursued critical specialty training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at Temple University, and also received a Master's Degree. He was awarded the Coben Scholar in Orthodontics. He went on to complete a four-year craniofacial fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Prior to making a commitment to orthodontics, Dr. Stosich trained at the University of Illinois and Columbia University for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in tissue engineering.

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