5 summer sports that require mouthguards

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

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, make sure your teeth are as crash-proof as possible.

Skateboarding

The same logic applies to skateboarding: Even if your child is 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.

Sand 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 — for you and your smile.

Baseball/Softball

Though baseball is less of a contact sport than others, there’s still opportunity for 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.

Surfing

One bad wipeout 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.

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