Protect Your Mouth with a Mouthguard

August 26, 2019

karate mouth guardWith fall right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get your physical and sneak in a dental check-up!

Most schools require a clean bill of health for sports, so there is no better time to check-in. In fact, dentists estimate that upwards of 39% of dental emergencies are a result of injury during sports. Yikes! Not only are these kinds of tooth injuries painful, but they can also cause long-term damage and expensive repairs if gone untreated.

Do yourself a favor and come in so we can evaluate the health of your child’s teeth prior to their enrollment in contact sports.

Protect Your Smile During Sports

When you come to visit us this Fall, our team will recommend a certain kind of dental protection for children engaging in sports that involve flying equipment or blows to the head. Wearing a mouthguard during practice or sporting events is a great precautionary measure to follow that lowers your child’s risk of chipped or broken teeth.

Athletes who engage in football, soccer, cheerleading, field hockey, karate, or ice hockey should all make the effort to protect their smiles from serious mouth injuries.

Riding Your Bike? Helmets are Necessary!

Riding your bicycle can be extremely dangerous without a helmet. According to the Safe Kids Worldwide Organization, helmets are 85% effective at preventing head injuries–and they can protect your teeth too! When you fall from a bike, your jaw automatically locks. When you are wearing a helmet, this will displace the impact of the fall. It’s not a bad idea for cyclists to wear mouth guards as a precautionary measure.

Even though helmets are important for bikers, the Safe Kids organization suggests that only 50% of children wear helmets when biking. To protect your kid’s smile, make sure to educate them about helmet safety and the use of a mouthguard.

For additional safety tips, make sure you and your family are up-to-speed on Colorado’s bike laws and safety tips.

Contact Your Dentist in Greeley, CO

Before your child begins their extracurricular fall activities, contact us about mouth guard safety and how you can schedule a custom mouth guard fitting.

Although mouth protection is not required for contact sports, it’s always a good idea.