How to Avoid a Ski Injury to the Mouth This Season
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
When it comes to ski injuries a lot of people usually only think of knee or joint injuries, but here at Dr. Paul Peterson’s office, he knows that injuries also happen to the mouth. As the official dentist for the US Ski and Snowboard team, Dr. Peterson is no stranger to ski-related oral injuries. Even if you’re a pro skier or snowboarder or if you’re nowhere near that kind of level, it’s still important to make sure that your mouth and teeth are protected while you’re on the slopes.
Wear a Mouthguard
If you’re going to be doing any sort of backcountry skiing or crazy jumps then you know that you are more likely to get injured than if you are just going to be doing regular downhill skiing. To keep your mouth and teeth protected in the case of a fall, make sure that you wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard won’t just keep your teeth intact but it will also shield your tongue from injuries as well.
Wear a Helmet
Yes, a helmet is there to solely protect your head from fractures or injuries but there are certain helmets that come around your jaw as well to keep your facial structure protected. If you are going to be doing a lot of crazy skiing then invest in one of these helmets. Why? Because if you fall on your jaw or cheekbone, it will help soften the impact which will reduce bruising or oral injuries.
Know Your Limits
Whether you are sixteen or sixty, it’s important for you as a skier or snowboarder to know your limits. A lot of times when we see patients who aren’t professionals but got a ski injury, it’s usually because they were trying something that they probably should have.
To learn more about your oral health, contact our Park city office today and call us at (435) 658-0678.