With school starting up again, kids will soon be taking part in their favorite fall sports. As football, biking, and soccer become a routine part of our lives, something else should become routine: protecting your teeth!
Close to 40% of dental emergencies occur after injury while playing sports, and a mouthguard can cut down on the damage. Not only will this reduce the level of pain if the injury were to occur, but it could save you money on expensive procedures to fix your teeth.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up your favorite fall activities in order to save your smile!
Use a Mouth Guard to Protect Your Teeth
Dental protection is important for any sport or activity that involves:
- Flying Equipment
- Risk of Falling
- Risk of Blows to the Head
Fall sports, including football, soccer, and softball, meet those criteria. Before you get into the game, be sure to protect your mouth with a mouthguard!
Riding Your Bike?
Autumn is a great season to get out your bicycle! Just make sure you wear your helmet–and your mouthguard. Not only will this combo protect your teeth if you fall, but helmets are 85% effective at reducing head injury. Most bicycle accidents involve your jaw forcefully shutting, which can result in severe damage to your smile. Using a helmet and mouthguard will soften the blow.
The Safe Kids Organization reports that only 50% of children properly gear up with a helmet each time they bike. Make sure your child is protected with a helmet and mouthguard. While you’re at it, take a moment to familiarize yourself with Colorado’s bike laws and safety tips.
Talk to Your Dentist
Before fall activities begin, it’s not a bad idea to pay a visit to your dentist. They will answer any questions you might have about protecting your smile, and get you and your family set up with custom mouth guards.