Wear a Mouth Guard While Playing Sports

Did you know that baseball and basketball have the highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries in children ages 7-17? Although mouth guards are only mandatory for some youth sports such as ice hockey, football and lacrosse, dental professionals recommend they be worn for all athletic activities where there is a strong potential for contact with other participants or hard surfaces. This video provides resources to help teach kids why it’s important to wear a mouth guard while playing sports.

Discussion Questions

What sports have the highest incidents related to dental injury in children ages 7 – 17?

What injuries can be prevented by wearing a mouth guard when playing sports?

What are some things to look for when choosing a mouth guard?

Tips for Treating Sunburned Lips

Preventive care seeks to protect against threats to your health by taking precautions ahead of time. Simple as that. It’s better to slather on the sunscreen and prevent skin damage than apply aloe to a painful sunburn. This video provides resources to show kids why it’s important to practice mouth-safety, including applying sunscreen to their lips while outdoors.

Discussion Questions

What does prevention mean?

Why should you wear sunscreen on your lips?

Have you ever had a sunburn on your lips?

Four Essentials to Keep Your Smile Healthy All Summer

This video provides resources to help teach kids how they can keep their smiles and mouths healthy during the summer season. The four steps kids can take to have a healthy summer include applying SPF, staying hydrated, eating their fruits and veggies and wearing a mouth guard when they play sports with a bat, ball, or stick.

Discussion Questions

What kind of lip balm should you be using?

Why is staying hydrated important?

What were the four tips that were discussed in the video?