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Rodeo Riders Need Mouthguards Too

Saddle up! It’s rodeo season and South Dakota has some of the best of our official state sport.

Whether it’s barrel racing, calf roping, or bull riding, wearing a mouthguard lessens the chance of oral injuries.

It’s crucial to protect your smile. Anyone participating in a sport with a risk of falling or your head making contact with another player should wear a mouthguard. This includes sports such as rodeo, soccer, basketball, football, and hockey.

3 reasons to sport a mouthguard:

1. A mouthguard helps absorb the shock from a blow to the face that might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw;

2. It can limit the risk for chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, and even a broken jaw; and

3. A mouthguard can protect the soft tissues of your cheek lining, tongue, and lips.

If you’re an athlete, make sure to protect your smile! And, if you’re a parent of young competitors, make sure your children practice with a mouthguard. Remind them that the professionals use mouth protection, and they should too!

Have a happy and safe rodeo season!