THE DENTIST IS IN: National Facial Protection Month

Imagine you are given 32 beautiful diamonds. They are priceless. They are beautiful and they cannot be replaced. In fact, these 32 diamonds are the only ones in the world. How would you treat these diamonds? How would you care for these treasures? Of course you would! You would fret about them. You would polish them and celebrate them.

Your teeth are like 32 priceless diamonds and as a dentist, I see children and adults doing amazing things in the sports world with no dental protection. Those “priceless diamonds” are out playing the sport with our kids. They wear shin guards, helmets, and even what could be regarded as body armor to protect other parts of their body, but their teeth are many times over looked. April is dental facial protection month and I want to bring awareness to dental sports guards.

In my office, I have seen many emergencies where trauma has caused a smile to be compromised or destroyed. I have had to attempt to rebuild that smile, which was so beautiful before the accident. We have incredible technology today. With CAD/CAM technology and modern porcelain materials, we can solve dental trauma problems, but I still feel an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, it is much better to avoid dental trauma in the first place.

If you are playing a sport, professionally, or just for fun, consider a dental sports guard. You are given these “priceless diamonds”, protect them.

Image from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

About the Author:

Dr. Darbro currently practices at Glendora Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics. He has been practicing dentistry since 1996. He is married and has three children. He enjoys playing music, studying/teaching the Bible, and vacationing in Hawaii. Connect with Dr. Darbro via

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About Dr. Matthew Darbro DDS

Dr. Matthew Darbro graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and has been practicing dentistry since 1996. He currently practices in Glendora Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics in Southern California. He has been leading CEREC® CAD/CAM study clubs for over two years in the Southern California area. He has been on the Citrus College Advisory Board for Dental Assisting and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor for Western University of Health Sciences. His passions include CEREC CAD/CAM, creating wellbeing in the dental field, and developing future dental leaders.