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You deserve a top-notch smile and oral health. Unfortunately, there are many things that can threaten your teeth and gums and cause dental issues as well as oral injury, and one of those things is participating in sports—if you’re not careful. If you would like a strong and healthy smile while you play fall sports, our dentist, Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting, has some recommendations for you.

First, wear a mouthguard. This appliance covers your teeth and protects them when you suffer a blow to the face. With the help of the guard, you can avoid chipped, broken, and knocked-out teeth as well as damaged and torn oral tissues. It’s best to wear the guard whenever you’re active, even at practices. Your mouthguard options include stock, boil-and-bite, and custom mouthguards. You can find the stock and boil-and-bite guards at local sporting goods stores and you can find the custom guard at your dental office.

Second, avoid drinking sports drinks. This is recommended because sports drinks contain high amounts of sugar. This means when you drink things like Gatorade and Powerade, your teeth are covered with the decay-causing substance. It’s best to only drink water.

For more information and details about how to protect your smile while you play fall sports, please remember that our dental team in Appleton, Wisconsin, is happy to help you. All you need to do is contact Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S. at 920.739.9612 and we will be thrilled to give you the answers you’re looking for. We look forward to your phone call!