Protect Your Smile While Playing Sports

 In Oral Health

Playing sports can be a great way to have fun and stay in shape. Unfortunately, playing certain sports can put your teeth at risk for getting damaged which can be quite expensive to fix.  Fortunately, there are certain measures you can take to protect your smile while still staying active.

Wear a Mouth Guard

The most important thing you can do to protect your teeth while playing sports is to wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards fit over the teeth to help protect them from breaking, chipping, and cracking. Mouth guards vary in price, size, and quality. Choosing the correct mouth guard for your sport is important because certain sports such as football or wrestling can pose a greater risk to your teeth over sports such as tennis or badminton.

Cheap “boil and bite” mouth guards can be purchased at sporting goods stores and are placed in hot water and then molded to fit your teeth. These will provide some level of protection but are not recommended for individuals who regularly play sports. The best mouth guards are custom fitted by professionals and are designed specifically for your teeth. Custom mouth guards are more expensive, but also worth the investment as they offer greater protection for your teeth

Wear a Helmet

For certain sports wearing a helmet can drastically reduce your risk of damaging teeth. Sports such as ice hockey offer different types of helmets which offer different levels of protection, such as helmets containing face masks. Depending on your sport, investing in a quality helmet can help to offer more protection for your teeth.

Choose the Right Activity & Exercise Caution

Certain sports pose a greater risk to your teeth than others. Choosing the right sport can be important if you are more concerned about protecting your teeth. Regardless of the sport or activity though, it is important to exercise caution and not engage in anything too risky. Many teeth injuries can be prevented by simply being aware of dangerous plays or movements in certain sports.

Need more information or help on how to protect your smile? Contact us at Big Bend Orthodontics and our friendly staff will get back to you shortly.

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