How to protect your teeth while you are playing

If you are into playing sports, you’re probably focused on the game and not thinking about your teeth. But protecting them should be your top priority and part of any pregame routine.

According to Dr. Thomas Long –

“It would be a shame to miss practice or a game because you’re in the dentist’s office receiving treatment or recovering from a dental surgical procedure.”

Mouth-guard should be one of the most important item on your sports checklist. From contact sports such as hockey or football to more recreational pastimes like rollerblading, mouth-guards play a crucial role in keeping your mouth healthy. Mouth-guards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and also help protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. The best mouth-guard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, the stock mouth-guards and boil-and-bite mouth-guards found at most drugstores also do a good job protecting your teeth.

Now you’re ready to play, but what happens when the game is over? Do you immediately reach for soda or a sports drink? Trick question! The answer is neither. When it comes to healthy hydration and keeping cavities at bay, water is the only right answer. Sports drinks contain sugar, which can produce acids that weaken the hard outer shell of the teeth, which may increase your risk for cavities over time. Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.

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