Protect Your Oral Health When You Play Sports

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If you play sports—or if your child plays sports—you probably know how important it is to wear a mouthguard. A custom mouthguard can protect your falling out, cracking, and chipping. Your dentist can even create a custom mouthguard that will offer you more comfort and protection.

But, aside from the risk of damaging your teeth, did you know that athletes can experiences problems with their oral health—and that these problems could affect their play.

For example, many athletes suffer from dry mouth. While this may not seem like a major problem, it actually can be. Saliva is very important to your overall oral health: it carries away food particles and reduces acid buildups. In fact, dry mouth can lead to decay and gum disease, reduce your ability to fight bacteria, and cause bad breath.

This means it’s very important for you to keep your saliva levels normal. Drinking is one major thing you can do to replace the fluid in your body and keep your mouth moist. While some athletes use sports drinks to replace their electrolytes. However, they also contain sugar, which can also lead to tooth decay. Conversely, water can provide you with a variety of benefits without putting your smile in danger. Another way you can increase saliva flow is chewing sugar-free gum.

If you are hurt during sports or notice that anything seems wrong with your smile, please call your dentist. It may be important for your oral health, but it could also be important for your performance. You probably know that if you don’t have enough sleep, you may not play as well as you could and if your mouth aches, you may not sleep well. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you.