Helmets, gloves, and goggles are synonymous with winter sports — but what else is needed? Do you or your child need to wear a mouthguard for your winter athletic activities? Here are some common winter sports you need to wear mouthguards for:
Hockey has a stereotype of players missing teeth, and although the NHL does not require players to wear mouthguards, school and recreational hockey leagues do. Hard contact and flying pucks are dangerous; wearing a mouthguard protects your teeth, gums, and tongue.
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
Flying down the slopes puts you at risk of colliding with someone, hitting the hard-packed snow, or crashing into a tree, all of which are risky for your teeth. Wearing a mouthguard while skiing or snowboarding can help prevent damage if you suffer a facial injury.
BASKETBALL AND WRESTLING
These winter sports may not involve snow but still pose risks for facial injury. Close contact with opponents can result in a knocked out tooth (a flying elbow is always possible) or soft tissue damage. Wear a mouthguard to reduce your risk.
Whether you want to protect your child’s mouth or your own, it’s best to wear a mouthguard for any sport (competitive or not) that poses a risk for facial injury.
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*Updated December 2022