Warmer weather is coming soon, and that means more time spent outdoors doing our favorite activities! While it’s exciting to finally whip out our bicycles after months of cabin fever, there is a downside: athletic activities are risky for your teeth.
Dental experts estimate that injury during sports accounts for 13-39% of dental emergencies. Since these types of injuries can cause serious pain and long-term damage, you will want to avoid them at all costs.
Don’t put away your bike and soccer ball just yet, though! The good news is that it’s easy to protect your teeth so you can significantly decrease your risk of injury no matter what your favorite spring activities are. All you need is a mouth guard.
Use a Mouth Guard to Protect Your Smile During Spring Sports
A mouth guard will protect you from the obvious–like the impact of a hockey stick or arm hitting your mouth–but did you know that there are secondary risks as well? Even if you get hit on a body part other than your mouth, or even if you fall and land nowhere near your teeth, the impact can cause your teeth to tap together. This force can result in your teeth chipping or breaking. Dentists agree that protection is paramount for activities involving the presence of flying equipment, a risk of falling, or a likelihood of blows to the head.
Mouth guards are important for spring sports like:
Riding Your Bike? Helmets are a Must!
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, if 85% of all children wore helmets every time they rode their bike, after one year, we could cut an average of $109 to $142 million in lifetime medical savings.
If you fall off your bike, the force can cause your jaw to slam shut, resulting in damage to your teeth. Wearing a helmet can diffuse the impact, absorbing the force to help protect your chompers. It’s a good idea to wear a helmet and a mouth guard when biking so the two can work together to protect your smile.
BMJ Journals reports that only 50% of children wear their helmets every time they bike, but it’s important for everyone, no matter their age, to put on a helmet every time! This will help ensure a smile that lasts a lifetime.
Browse Colorado’s bike laws and safety tips to make sure you are 100% up-t0-speed on safety for you and your children.
Talk to Your Dentist
Before spring sports begin, it’s important to discuss a safety plan with your dentist. If you need help determining what this means for you and your family, contact us for assistance.