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Do you want to keep your smile from harm this winter? If so, our Scott J. Ferguson, D.D.S. team has a recommendation for you! Keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape while you participate in winter sports and activities can be tough, especially if they are high contact or dangerous. So, if you want to prevent oral injury, your dentist, Dr. Scott Ferguson, encourages you to wear a mouthguard while you participate in these winter sports and activities:

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 get in the habit of protecting your smile with a mouthguard in Kimball, Michigan, then you won’t need to worry about knocking out or injuring your teeth. For more information about the best mouthguard that is right for you and your smile, please call our office today at 810.985.3301 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!