Snow season is upon us! Ski areas such as Mt Rainer and Crystal Mountain surround the Cascades, making it a winter paradise for any Washingtonian. If you’re an avid outdoorsman (or woman) - the cold weather doesn’t put a damper on your desire to explore. Just keep in mind that you still need to protect your teeth!
Anyone participating in a sport where there’s a risk of falling or your head making contact with another player or equipment should wear a mouthguard. This includes winter activities such as skiing, hockey, snowshoeing, and ice-skating. Here’s why:
* A mouthguard helps absorb the shock from a blow to the face that might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.
* It can limit the risk for chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, and even a broken jaw.
* A mouthguard also can protect the soft tissues of your cheek lining, tongue, and lips.
If you’re a parent, make sure your little one practices with a mouthguard this winter. Remind them that the professionals use mouth protection, and they should too!
To all our winter athletes, both young and old – have a safe season!