Spring Activities? Mouth Guards Are a Must!

May 1, 2017

Gear Up For Springtime Fun

Now that our days are getting warmer, it’s time to dust off your mountain bike and hit the trail! Spring sports are revving up as well. As our lives become sportier, it’s important to remember our teeth. Dental professionals estimate that nearly 39% of dental emergencies happen due to sports injuries.

No one wants to have any of their body parts injured, and teeth are no exception. These types of injuries can do more than cause pain. The result can be lasting damage that costs thousands of dollars to fix.

The good news is that there are simple measures you can take to protect your teeth.

Playing it Safe With a Mouth Guard

When you fall or get hit by flying projectiles, the impact can cause your teeth to break. It’s important to know that, in addition, the impact can result in secondary blows: like your jaw slamming shut. Even when teeth tap together, you run the risk of chipping and breakage.

This is why you need to wear a mouth guard when you play spring sports, such as baseball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, and volleyball. Wearing a mouth guard will help diffuse the crash and protect your pearly whites, so armor up!

Always Wear a Helmet

In the case of a fall from a bike, a helmet will be 85% effective at protecting you from injury, according to the Safe Kids Worldwide organization. They also report that only 50% of kids suit up with a helmet every time they ride a bike.

Wearing a mouth guard and helmet is ideal for protection during bike rides. Falling off a bike can cause your jaw to slam closed, a force that can result in breakage to your teeth. A mouth guard and helmet can work wonders toward diffusing the blow and keeping your chompers safe.

For a briefing on Colorado bike laws and for more information about bike safety tips, check out this website.

Put a Safety Plan in Place

It’s a good idea to see your dentist before getting started with spring activities. Your dental professional will be able to assist you with things like getting fitted for a custom mouth guard. When you’re ready to get started, contact us online or by calling 303-785-8991.