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University of Maryland School of Dentistry hosts facial protection event

June 09, 2017

Protect your teeth: Members of the Washington Redskins urge young athletes from Green Street Academy in Baltimore to protect their face and teeth by wearing mouthguards. Players from left are A.J. Francis, Kendall Fuller and Vernon Davis.
Baltimore — The University of Maryland School of Dentistry brought athletes, dentists and dental students together April 28 to talk to area middle school students about protecting their mouths when playing sports.

Three members of the Washington Redskins — Vernon Davis, A.J. Francis and Kendall Fuller — spoke at the event and stressed the importance of mouthguards to students from Baltimore's Green Street Academy.

"Recent estimates suggest that nearly 5 million teeth are injured or lost in children and adolescents in the United States every year," said Dr. Mark A. Reynolds, dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, who noted that many of these injuries occur among the nation's 30 million student-athletes.

Meet and greet: Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis signs autographs for students from Green Street Academy in Baltimore.
The event, which was part of April's National Facial Protection Month, was held at the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry. It included presentations from Maryland alum Dr. Michael Wright, a prosthodontist who designs mouthguards for athletes, including the three Redskins players, and handouts of safety tips from the Maryland Office of Oral Health.

In addition to getting to meet the players, the middle school students were treated to a tour of the museum, which included a display on the history of mouth guards. Items ranged from a combination nose- and mouth-protector from the 1890s to a mouthguard from the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Watch a video here.