It’s that time of the year again. Professional hockey and basketball seasons are coming to an end. With each sport in their Finals Series, a winner of the NHL’s Stanley Cup and the NBA’s Championship will soon be declared. What do both of these athletic activities have in common? Mouthguards.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Mouthguards are extremely important when playing hockey and basketball. They serve the significant purpose of protecting teeth. Teeth being knocked out is more prevalent in hockey than basketball, but both sports present the risk of having a player’s teeth get hit by an object or other player’s body part. These days, technology has give manufacturers of mouthguards the ability to produce flavored, strapless, convertible and custom-made mouthguards. Your kid will have plenty of options.
If you have kids who play hockey or basketball, make sure they are wearing protective mouthguards. They may not think it looks cool, but it does the job. The pain that comes along with having a tooth knocked out by a hockey puck far outweighs the embarrassment that lasts a hot minute from wearing a mouthguard. If anything, your child will look like a serious athlete. There are plenty of professional players who wear mouthguards. They know what the consequences are of not protecting one’s mouth. No matter which mouthguard your child has, she or he will look fierce and ready to fight for a win out there on the ice or court. There are fangs, flags, print designs, NBA logos, NHL logos and colors galore.
THE PROS WEAR THEM
If your children are resisting wearing a mouthguard, perhaps watch the next NHL Stanley Cup Finals or NBA Championship Finals game with them and make a point of identifying all of the pro athletes who are wearing mouthguards. The next Tampa Bay Lighting versus Chicago Blackhawks game is Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00pm CST. Cheer on the Blackhawks during Game 4 of the Finals Series with your kids while making note of all the safety gear the players use. Game 3 of the NBA Finals Series is tonight at 8:00pm CST. Root for either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors while counting the number of protective eyewear and mouthguards out on the court.
Give Dr. Jessica T. Emery a call at Sugar Fix Dental Loft to discuss the importance of wearing mouthguards while playing hockey, basketball and essentially any other sport (not that necessary in gymnastics). With three little tykes of her own, Dr. Emery has plenty of experience teaching children how to care for and protect their teeth. If anyone can convince a child to wear a mouthguard, it’s Dr. Emery.