Delta Dental of Illinois & Chicago Wolves celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month

Posted on February 25, 2014 in Children’s Oral Health

Delta Dental of Illinois teamed up with the Chicago Wolves to give away youth mouth guards to the first 5,000 fans who attended the game against the Iowa Wild on February 1st. The initiative was to promote National Children's Dental Health Month and help protect kids' teeth from sports related injuries.

The U.S. Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 600,000 kids end up in the emergency room each year for sports-related dental accidents. And according to the CDC, a mouth guard may prevent 200,000 oral injuries a year and prevent injury to the teeth by 60 percent.

Mouth guards are only mandatory for some youth sports, such as ice hockey, football and lacrosse, but dental professionals recommend they be worn for all athletic activities where there is a strong potential for contact with other participants or hard surfaces.

At the “Children's Dental Health Awareness Night” and throughout the month of February, Delta Dental of Illinois and the Chicago Wolves will promote the importance of good oral health habits, including mouth guard use, for children.

During National Children's Dental Health Month, it's important to remember to visit the dentist starting at an early age. Visiting the dentist by age 1 helps the child and parent establish a relationship with the dentist and it can also reduce future dental treatment costs up to 40 percent.