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How to Deal with Your Child's "High Risk" Acitivites
In-Line Skates
Dr. George:

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 in-line skates?

Sheila M.

Dear Sheila:

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.

Dr. George

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