Oral facial injuries can result in disfigurement and dysfunction, diminishing an individual's quality of life and contributing to social and economic burdens.
As part of talking a patient's history, dentists should inquire if the patient is involved in any activity, organized or informal, that might result in oral/facial injury and counsel them and/or their parents/guardians regarding available oral/facial protection.
Depending on the activity involved, an intra-oral appliance, face/head protection, or both may be necessary for safety.
The Canadian Dental Association advocates that any organized activity develop a safety protocol to minimize the risk of oral/facial injury and enforce its use.
CDA Board of Directors
Approved: February 2005
Revised: July 2012