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Summer sports and mouthguards

Although high-contact sports, such as football and basketball, typically come to mind when we think of mouthguards, pearly whites need protection during other athletic events as well.

1. Bicycling

A mouthguard is a must, whether you’re an aspiring BMX racer who hits the trails hard and fast, or a mountain biker going for a long trail ride. Even the most careful rider can hit an unexpected rock in the road. If that happens, you’ll be glad you made sure your teeth were as crash-proof as possible!

2. Skateboarding

The same logic as bicycling applies to skateboarding: Even if you're extremely skilled, there’s always a chance that something could stop the skateboard wheels from spinning when it’s least expected. Make sure your kids wear mouthguards when they hit the skate park with friends — and even when they’re just messing around in the driveway.

3. Volleyball

Typically, you want to spike the ball, not let the ball spike you. But volleyball can be an unpredictable sport, which is why wearing a mouthguard will come in handy.

4. Baseball and softball

Though baseball is less of a contact sport than others, there’s still the possibility of a mouthful of harm. From getting hit by a stray ball to face-first slides into home plate, there are plenty of reasons to wear a mouthguard on the diamond.

5. Surfing

One rogue wave and you could end up with a face full of surfboard. A mouthguard helps ensure that you get back up on the board instead of hanging 10 at the dentist’s office.

Last updated January 31, 2022

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