Protect your Smile this Winter

We know how thrilled you are to go outdoors this holiday season and experience all the wonderful joys of this special time of the year.  However, children and parents should be aware of the possible dangers associated with winter outdoor activities.

Before heading out make sure you’re well-prepared for all of the season’s activities, including protecting your teeth!  Aside from tooth sensitivity, accidents during outdoor activities may cause tooth avulsion, chipped tooth, and cracked tooth.

How to protect your smile?

Visit your dentist before your planned winter activities.

  • Have your teeth checked for any cracks or untreated tooth decay which can cause teeth sensitivity during winter
  • If you’re going for an highly-active outdoor activity such as skiing or hockey, have a mouth guard fabricated for you to protect your teeth and gums from injuries
  • Always include medical and dental first-aid kits in your travel bag

What is a mouthguard?

Helmets protect your head but mouthguards are what protect your teeth from trauma. Although mouthguards are mostly associated for contact sports like hockey, it is strongly recommended for any activity that involves falling or physical contact like skiing and snowboarding.

There are several types of mouthguards, but the common mouthguard are the moldable ones found in sports equipment stores. However, the fit and overall fit of these  mouthguards can vary for each person, as they are not custom.

Another option are custom-made mouthguards, created with an impression of your teeth for a perfect fit.  While it costs more, it is worth considering as it offers more safety and comfort for your teeth and gums.

If you would like to learn more about mouthguards and best practices for keeping your teeth safe during outdoor activities, your dentist would be more than happy to help!

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