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Henke & Okerstrom April 2013 Newsletter
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April: National Facial Protection Month
Your mother may have said it and it's still true: once you've gotten your adult teeth, you don't get any more. So take good care of them.

Kids don't think about the lifetime of oral health issues they could incur by not using adequate mouth and facial protection while playing in sports. So, we have to do their thinking for them: coaches, parents, league organizers, schools, and recreation programs. A chief aim of National Facial Protection Month is to raise awareness nationwide to the need for sport safety.

According to Dr. Robert Bray, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), "As experts in helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, the last thing my colleagues and I want to see is a smile ruined by a preventable injury."

Thankfully, many high-profile athletes are becoming public advocates for facial protections. Football hero Emmitt Smith is one, helping kids see that wearing a mouth guard is cool rather than weird. And the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) serves coaches, officials, administrators, parents, league directors and youngsters. NAYS advocates for safety through its 3,000 community programs in parks and recreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCA groups and more.

The AAO indicates that 80% of all sports-related emergency room visits occur in children ages 5 to 14. Don't let your child become part of that statistic. If worn properly and routinely, inexpensive mouth guards, helmets, protective eyewear, and face shields greatly reduce the risk of injury.
Preventive Dental Care, Why?
Many oral health issues can be identified and resolved at the early stages, helping you to avoid more costly treatment later. In some cases early detection of serious conditions even helps save lives.

When you come in for a visit, our comprehensive screening evaluates you for gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay. These can afflict children, too, making it important at all stages of life to maintain regular dental appointments.

Help us keep you safe and healthy. Schedule regular checkups for you and your family.

What Is Mixed Dentition?
Just like trees come in "deciduous" and "evergreen," depending on whether they shed their leaves or not, the impermanent or baby teeth are sometimes referred to as deciduous teeth.

Between the ages of 6 to 12 years, children experience the periodic eruption of permanent incisor or front teeth and 6-year molars. The condition in which children have a mix of deciduous and permanent teeth is called mixed dentition.
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