Winter sports and mouthguards

Warm up to Mouthguards this Winter

December 18, 2014

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!