I have 2 boys who love their in-line skates. Of course they’re always
falling and crashing, so far without serious injuries. But of course
I’m worried about the inevitable accident. What do you think about
You’re right to be concerned about your kid’s sports and recreational
activities. In-line skates are just another addition to the list
of what I consider "high risk" activities. Others include skateboards,
contact sports, and even bicycling.
This year alone over two million teeth will be accidentally knocked out.
Many of these painful injuries could be avoided, and smiles saved,
if kids would take one simple precaution, wear a mouth guard! Besides
protecting the teeth, a mouth guard (also referred to as an athletic
mouth protectors) can also help prevent serious injuries to the
tongue, cheeks and lips because they’re designed to absorb the shock
of impact. Used properly they even lessen the chance of jaw fractures
and brain concussions.
There are several different kinds of mouth guards available, ranging from
over the counter models, found in sporting goods stores, to custom
fit mouth guards. Whatever type you decide on, be sure your kids
think they’re comfortable, if they don’t fit well the kids will
be less likely to wear them. Your dentist can recommend which type
is best for your children.
However, even while wearing protective gear and a mouth guard, accidents
will happen. And when they do, if you suspect any trauma to the
teeth, be sure to have your child examined by your family dentist
as soon as possible.