The cooler winter temperatures here in Southern California usually bring fresh powder to the nearby mountains. This is ideal for local skiers and snowboarders who like to pack up for a day on the slopes. But among all of that equipment, there’s probably one crucial item that’s missing — a mouthguard.
One fall or one collision can suddenly turn a perfect snow day into a trip to the ER and some restorative dental work.
Yes, Should You Wear a Mouthguard While Skiing or Snowboarding
If you’re involved in a sport that may cause facial injury, it’s best to wear a mouthguard. Skiing and snowboarding injuries often involve head, neck or facial trauma. According to one study on traumatic dental injuries while skiing, the most common causes of injury are:
- Falls (42%)
- Collisions with other people (24%)
- Being hit by one’s own sports equipment (11%)
- Running into obstacles (9%)
- Lift accidents (6%)
A similar study reviewed the likelihood of dental trauma on ski slopes. It found that 33% of skiers had at least one skiing or snowboarding accident. Most of the skiers and snowboarders (67%) wore protective gear, including a helmet and back and wrist protectors. Dental injuries occurred in about 2% of all injured skiers, with only 18% of those skiers wearing a mouthguard.
Mouthguards Protect More Than Teeth
Wearing a mouthguard can protect more than just your teeth. It can:
- Prevent you from biting your tongue or cheek
- Act as a cushion to avoid chipping or breaking teeth
- Guard against dislodging a tooth
- Absorb force and protect your jaw
If you or your kids wear braces, you have one more reason to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards can protect against damage to your brackets or orthodontic appliances. They also cushion your mouth and help avoid cutting your cheeks, lips or tongue.
Next time you hit the slopes, don’t forget to pack your mouthguard. It can save you from unexpectedly losing a tooth or having a dental emergency.
Kick up some powder, stay safe and have a great run!
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