Protect Your Smile in Spring Sports

May 1, 2017

Prevent Injury to Your Smile This Spring

kids playing flag football with mouth guardsThings are warming up outside, and it’s time to break out the mountain bike and sports gear! Summer gives us the chance to stretch our legs and enjoy the weather, but don’t forget to keep your chompers safe from harm.

Dentists estimate that close to 39% of tooth-related emergencies stem from sports accidents. To avoid throbbing pain, lasting damage, and costly procedures, gear up with a mouth guard before you begin your spring activities.

Playing Spring Sports? Don’t Forget Tooth Protection!

Falling, flying equipment, and blows to the head are the most common catalysts for injury during sports. Breaking and chipping can occur either from the force of the impact, or due to secondary factors. When your face is hit or you fall down, your jaw slams shut, causing your teeth to tap together, which can result in damage.

If you’re getting ready to play a spring sport—like baseball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, or volleyball—make sure to add a layer of dental protection, such as a mouth guard.

Keep Your Cranium Covered

Every time you ride your bike, you need to wear a helmet. The same goes for your children. The Safe Kids Worldwide organization says that helmets are 85% effective for preventing head injury, and that only 50% of kids wear one while biking.

A fall from a bike could result in the jaw slamming closed, causing serious damage to your pearly whites. Make sure to wear a helmet each time, along with a mouth guard, for extra protection.

To ensure smooth sailing this summer, read up on Colorado’s bike laws and safety tips.

Consult Your Dentist for More Advice

Clear mouth guard on gray backgroundTo ensure optimal tooth protection for you and your family, consult your dentist. It’s a good idea to get fitted for a custom mouth guard prior to getting deeply involved with spring activities.

Keep in mind that just because wearing a mouth guard isn’t a requirement, that doesn’t mean it isn’t in your best interest to wear one. If you have any questions regarding oral safety, don’t hesitate to contact us.