Blue Ridge Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
April is National Facial Protection Month, and Dr. Brandt and Dr. Burgoyne urge parents, caregivers, and coaches to be proactive in preventing sports-related injuries to the head and face through the use of safety equipment.
A child’s mouth and face can be easily injured if the proper precautions are not used while playing sports. In fact according to the Center for Disease Control, more than 2.6 million children are treated in emergency departments each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. Yet, a survey commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists in 2011 found that 67 percent of parents admit that their child does not wear a mouth guard during organized sports. This raises a question: If mouth guards offer a simple and relatively inexpensive solution to help dramatically decrease the risk of oral and facial injuries, why aren’t more kids wearing them? Parents are encouraged to talk with their dental professionals about the right mouth guards for their young athletes. Parents should also urge coaches to require that young athletes wear their mouth guards at every practice and every game.
Every year, dentists and dental specialists are called to hospital emergency rooms to treat children who have sustained knocked-out teeth, broken jaws, and other facial injuries during organized or neighborhood sports activities. For most of these children, these injuries could have been less severe or prevented entirely if they had worn a mouth guard, helmet or other protective headgear.
As we return to outdoor sports and other activities, April is an appropriate time to remind you about the importance of taking a few precautions to preserve your teeth and be protected from facial injuries. Whether at a practice, a game or simply enjoying some fun in the neighborhood, there are a variety of ways to play it safe:
- Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
- Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
- Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin. Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. Mouth guards can help prevent injury to a persons’ jaw, mouth, and teeth; and they are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury.
A custom mouth guard offers the best protection.
April is the perfect time to get into the mouth guard habit. Wear one at every practice and game!
Apr 8th, 2021
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At Blue Ridge Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Burgoyne and Dr. Brandt are dedicated to the health and well-being of our team and our patients. We are following guidance from the CDC, American Dental Association, and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
From scheduling, to consultations, and surgery, we are taking steps to support excellent patient care and protect everyone from health risks.
Our Team: All team members are practicing social distancing at work and in the community. We are requiring hand washing and hand sanitation frequently throughout the day. Each team member will be wearing a mask. The front office has protective glass for your safety, and those team members in clinical areas are also wearing face coverage and protective gowns.
Our Office Space: From the waiting area and the check-in counter, to the consultation and surgical rooms, all spaces are sanitized and thoroughly cleaned between each patient and throughout the day.
What you can do: We ask that anyone who has a fever or has felt sick in the 2 weeks around their appointment to please let us know and we can schedule you at a time that is safest for all patients. Please wear a mask upon entering the building and throughout your time in the office. Please wash your hands upon arriving, and please utilize the hand sanitizer that is available in the waiting area and in each room. Maintain social distancing with 6 feet or more with other patients. Patients will be brought in individually unless they are a minor who may be accompanied by one adult. We encourage family to wait in the car, and you will be called with instructions when your loved one is ready for discharge. The doctors respect each patient’s needs and will tailor your care accordingly.
We are optimistic that excellent patient care and safety for everyone can be practiced within a conscientious and meticulous environment.
Dr. Brandt, Dr. Burgoyne, and our team are honored to serve you and your family.
May 29th, 2020
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Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has been caring for the Shenandoah Valley community since 1979. What began as a small practice has grown into a top-notch outpatient surgical facility with on-call dental surgeons who can perform a wide range of oral and maxillofacial surgeries. The dedicated dental surgeons at Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery take pride in treating every single patient like they’re a member of the family. While they know that undergoing oral surgery isn’t everyone’s idea of a great day, they do everything in their power to make the process as smooth, quick, and painless as possible. From performing routine wisdom tooth removal surgeries to repairing facial trauma with emergency bone grafting and mouth surgery, Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is the practice to visit for specialized oral care. Every year, advancements are made in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Todd Brandt and Dr. Corey Burgoyne are passionate about continuing to evolve with the times, and they’re committed to bringing Shenandoah Valley patients the most state-of-the-art techniques and treatments available. These dental surgeons are fully licensed to provide in-office anesthesia for surgical procedures, and before you undergo any type of treatment, they’ll make sure to answer all of your questions. In addition to providing the best oral surgery solutions in the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery shows their commitment to the community with their support of many local charities. To learn more about the fantastic work that Dr. Brandt and Dr. Burgoyne are doing every day, visit them online now or call them at (540) 886-2956 to schedule an appointment at their Fishersville, VA, office or our Lexington VA office.
Mar 18th, 2020
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