Have an athlete in your family? It is very important for all athletes to take care of their teeth. Follow these recommendations for a healthy smile both on and off the field.
- Mouth guards: 5 million teeth are lost annually in sporting events! The worst part is that many of these losses can be prevented with mouth guards! The best mouth guards are custom made by your dentist. They are typically worn on the upper teeth and protect your teeth, gums, lips and jaw against injury. Mouth guards should be a part of any activity where contact of the face is a possibility.
Once you have the mouth guard, you need to take care of it so it will last. Here are some tips on mouth guard care:
- Rinse before and after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste
- Bring the mouth guard to your regular dental visits. Adjustments can be made to it and the overall fit checked.
- Store the mouth guard in a dry container with holes to prevent bacteria from forming
- Never leave it in sun or water
- Keep your mouth guard somewhere your pet cannot find it! Dogs are quite fond of chewing them!
- Avoiding Sugary Drinks: Cavities typically occur when bacteria on the surface of your teeth use sugar to create an acid that breaks down the outer enamel. Many sport drinks have high sugar content so make sure to check the nutritional facts when purchasing them!
- Making Dental Care Routine: Proper oral hygiene is best learned through repetition, much like any sport. Setting a definite schedule with goals is the best way of learning most new behaviors. Once you make a definite plan to brush twice daily, floss, and use your mouthwash, this will become second nature. Also, regular dental visits will ensure that any problems are addressed as soon as possible. The most damage to teeth is typically done to those that are weakened from decay and neglect.
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