When it comes to the seasons, spring takes the cake in terms of the most cases of dental trauma. While tooth injuries can happen at any time throughout the year, as the winter thaw sets in and you start to enjoy more energetic outdoor activities, your teeth could be at risk of cracking, chipping, and experiencing other problems.
There are a variety of reasons that the spring season is so hard on your teeth:
- Team sports. During the spring months, you will likely be participating in more team sports outdoors, such as volleyball, softball, baseball, or track and field. There is a good chance that you are a little rusty after being cooped up indoors all winter, which could lead to some errors with your team. This miscommunication could lead to injuries, including those involving your teeth.
- Interactions with other people. Similar to how you are getting outdoors to enjoy the sun, other people will be doing the same thing. This means that you will be at a greater risk of colliding with others, including people hiking, riding their bikes, or walking their dogs. These collisions could lead to tooth problems.
- Slow reflexes. If you use the winter months to primarily relax indoors, your reflexes will probably be pretty slow when you first get back outside. This can lead to dangerous situations for your teeth.
So what can you do? Are you just destined to suffer an injury to your teeth this spring? One of the best ways to protect your mouth when you are participating in spring sports is with a mouth guard. While you can get varieties from your local sporting goods store, your best option will be to get one custom-made from your dentist.
Call your dentist today to set up an appointment for a custom-fitted mouth guard, and if you do experience trauma to your mouth, contact our office today!