This statement is currently under the Canadian Dental Association review process.


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