Keep Those Chompers Protected this Spring
With the cold weather behind us, the first thing we’ll want to do is head outdoors for some fun. Whether that means mountain biking or playing a spring sport, it’s a great way to stay active. Getting ready for spring activities is exciting, but it’s important that we remember to protect our teeth.
Close to 39% of dental emergencies happen as a result of playing sports. And these injuries don’t just hurt, they can have lasting adverse effects and cost a couple extra bucks in the long-run. Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent oral damage.
Never Forget Your Mouth Guard
If you’re partaking in an activity where bashes to the head or falls are likely, dentists recommend wearing a mouth guard. It’s also a good idea to armor up for any activity involving projectiles. In addition to direct damage from getting hit, the aftereffects of a blow can result in your teeth tapping together, a force that can cause chipping and breakage.
No matter the spring sport—volleyball, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, or soccer—prevent injuries with a mouth guard!
Riding Your Bike? Helmets are a Must!
Helmets can be up to 85% effective at protecting the head from injury, according to the Safe Kids Worldwide organization. A fall from a mountain bike can result in your jaw smashing closed, and a helmet can diffuse the blow. For an additional safety layer, wearing a mouth guard with your helmet is a great idea.
Unfortunately, it is reported that only 50% of kids wear a helmet while riding a bike, and we’d like that number to be closer to 100! Your children’s teeth will only last a lifetime if you instill good habits in them while they’re young, so make sure they are wearing their helmet every time they get on a bike.
In addition to getting your helmet ready for spring, it’s a good idea to refresh your knowledge concerning Colorado’s safety tips and bike laws.
Ask Your Dentist About Tooth Protection
Now is the time to ask your dentist what precautions you should take to protect yourself or your child. Contact us with any questions regarding mouth protection and safety.