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If you’re an athlete, you’re often concerned about your well-being, preventing harm and injuries to your knees, shoulders, and head as much as possible. However, another thing you should worry about is your smile. Your smile can be in grave danger while you participate in sports and activities. This is why it’s important to do all you can to prevent dental issues and oral injuries. You can do so by doing the following things:

First, wear a mouthguard whenever you are active. If you wear a mouthguard while you play your sport or activity, your smile will be protected from the hard, forceful objects that hit it. Without a mouthguard, your teeth and jaw can be seriously injured. If your mouth suffers enough force, your teeth could get knocked out of place, chipped, or broken and your jaw could become misaligned. So, the best thing you can do is wear a mouthguard whenever you step on the field, court, mat, or track. Our dentists are pleased to offer custom mouthguards for our patients who are active in sports.

Second, do your best to not drink sports drinks. Sports drinks have high amounts of sugar and acid. These two substances are very threatening to your smile because they can create dental issues, like tooth decay, and they can also wear down your tooth enamel, causing tooth sensitivity. The best beverage to drink while you are participating in sports and activities is water. If water is not good enough, you can drink unsweetened coconut water.

Third, fight dry mouth. Dry mouth is a very troublesome and annoying dental issue that is common among athletes. However, it is also a dangerous dental problem because if you don’t produce the right amount of saliva, food particles and bacteria will remain in your mouth and your smile will turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, which will promote and encourage many dental issues. To prevent this from happening, drink water on a regular basis and brush your teeth after each practice and game.

Doing these three things can help you keep your oral health and smile in pristine and top-notch condition as an athlete. So, please follow our tips and do your best to take good care of your teeth and gums. To learn more, please remember that you can always call Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S. at 920.739.9612 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting. Our dental team is more than happy to help you.