Prevent Damage to Your Teeth in Sports

May 1, 2017

Prevent Damage to Your Smile This Spring

Two regular yellow and green moulded sports gum guards on an isolated backgroundAs the weather heats up, you may find yourself spending more time outdoors. As you spend your time playing sports and participating in other activities, your teeth become vulnerable to damage.

Up to 39% of emergency dental visits are the direct effect of sports injury. These damages will do more than cause physical pain. The result can be lasting damage that racks up a hefty price tag.

The good news is that there are simple measures you can take that will go a long way toward keeping your smile safe.

Keep That Noggin Under Cover

Helmets do their job 85% of the time, but only 50% of children wear them while biking, according to the Safe Kids Worldwide organization. Falling while mountain biking can cause your jaw to forcefully close, chipping or breaking your pearly whites in the process.

Ensure you and your children keep your chompers for life—never get on a bike without your helmet. In some cases, it may be good to play it extra safe with a mouth guard. And don’t forget to read up on Colorado’s bike laws and safety tips.

Play it Safe With a Mouth Guard

Blows to the head, flying equipment, and falling are all risk factors that go hand in hand with playing sports. The danger isn’t limited to direct bashes. The aftershock of a fall can cause teeth to tap together, resulting in damage.

Mouth guards can go a long way toward absorbing some of that shock. As you suit up for spring sports, like tennis, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball, don’t forget to shield your teeth.

Put a Plan in Place

If you or your child participates in outdoor activities, it’s a good idea to talk to your dentist about keeping your smile safe. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions! You may benefit from getting fit for a custom mouth guard.