The Tahoe and Truckee area has become a premier destination for winter sports, and the number of visitors to our area increases every year. Along with this increase in traffic comes a surge in injuries associated with alpine skiing and snowboarding. Trauma to the face due to collision is a more common winter sports injury than many people are aware. Here are some quick tips to keep your ski vacation as safe as possible this season.
Wear Head Protection
A helmet is one of the single most important accessories you can wear while skiing or snowboarding. While most ski helmets don’t offer significant protection for a direct frontal blow to the face, damage from collisions can be greatly reduced by wearing a helmet. If you or your kids are getting more extreme and aggressive on the slopes or in the park, consider wearing a full-face helmet to significantly increase protection of the face and jaw.
Treat Injuries Quickly
Injuries to the face and mouth can be extremely traumatic. It is important to assess the situation quickly and come up with an appropriate game plan. If you or your child suffers an injury to the teeth or jaw while skiing or snowboarding, you should contact us here at Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center immediately. You might also want to read our article What do I do if I have a Dental Injury?. If the rider sustains significant damage or is in critical condition, dial 911.
We wish you and your family a safe and happy winter recreation season. If you do run into trouble, Dr. Martin and Dr. Appelblatt are here to help. An accurate assessment, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment are the keys to avoiding long-term dental complications and getting you back on the slopes after a dental injury.