Your six-year-old son is scooting along. He's not even going that fast. He has on his helmet. He's paying attention, having fun...and then he hits a little uneven blip on the sidewalk. He falls, the scooter falls...and he's busted his lip with his teeth or knocked his chin really hard. Evidence shows that a chin injury can damage teeth just as much as a direct hit to the mouth or lips.
I've seen quite a few kids around NYC on scooters and know a few that have lost a tooth because of a scooter injury. Yes, accidents happen. But many things can prevent a minor injury from becoming a trip to the ER to get stitches or a call to the dentist to fix those chompers.
-- Slow down on bumpier surfaces. No sidewalk is without its lumps and bumps, so teach your kids to be aware of what they are skateboarding or scootering or biking on.
-- Always wear proper gear. Pick a helmet they will wear and make sure it is comfortable, not itchy or too heavy so they won't have a reason to take it off.
-- Consider a mouthguard. If your older child is very active and goes at higher speed, consider getting a mouthguard for added protection for your teeth.
-- Check over the wheeled things. Before you and the kids head out for a ride or just a scooter-stroll, look over all of the equipment. Examine tires, screws, handlebars, pedals and so on so a malfunction that won't cause an accident either.
Have your kids every busted hard while scootering or biking? How often do you examine their bikes and wheeled things?