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There are many winter activities that can harm your oral health more than you might realize. If you’re not careful, you could suffer a serious oral injury. So, our Solomon & Wright Associates, P.C. dental team encourages you to wear a mouthguard while you participate in those sports and activities. Those are:

Basketball: Basketball is a high-contact sport that poses a high risk of tooth injury. If you’re not careful, the basketball, an elbow, or a knee could hit your mouth with such force that it injures your smile. This is why it’s best to wear a mouthguard while playing.

Wrestling: Wrestling is another high-contact sport that could harm your mouth. Because of the close proximity between you and your opponent, there is a high chance a body part could hit your mouth and injure or knock out a tooth. For the best protection possible, wear a mouthguard.

Hockey: As you may already know, there are times when opponents can slam into you while you are playing hockey. This can severely harm your smile if you’re not careful because a shoulder or even a head could damage your teeth and gums. Also, there is a chance that the puck could soar through the air and hit you in the mouth, resulting in pain and injury. So, it’s best to wear a mouthguard.

Sledding: Although sledding is not a high-contact sport, there is still a chance that you could crash on the sled or even hit into another sledder, resulting in serious injury. It’s best to keep your teeth protected with a mouthguard.

Snowboarding/Skiing: Like sledding, snowboarding and skiing are not high-contact sports, but there is a chance you could fall or crash into someone while you’re speeding down the mountain. You could also crash into a tree if you’re not cautious. So, it’s smart to snowboard and ski with a mouthguard.

If you wear a mouthguard while playing basketball, wrestling, playing hockey, sledding, snowboarding, and skiing, you’ll be protecting your smile from serious oral injury. Your next step now is to purchase a mouthguard in Melrose, Massachusetts. You can usually find them at most sporting goods stores. For more information about mouthguards, please call our office at 781-665-5222 and talk to your dentist, Dr. David Solomon, or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you!