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All-Star Tips to Protect Your Smile While Playing Sports

November 07, 2022

According to a 2020 survey by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, 54% of children ages 6 to 17 participated in sports during the previous 12 months. Playing sports is a great way for kids to get exercise, socialize with their peers and learn important skills. However, as much fun as a new sport may be for your little one, young athletes are at a higher risk for sports-related injuries, including dental injuries. In fact, dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury (injury to the mouth or face) sustained while participating in sports.  And the majority of these dental injuries are preventable with the proper equipment and preparation. We have compiled some of our all-star dental tips below to keep your child’s smile in tip top shape while participating in the activities they love.


Always Wear a Mouthguard
Mouthgaurds protect against chipped teeth, lip cuts and jaw damage. According to the ADA, an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to their teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.*

Ready-made and boil-and-bite mouthguards are available at retail stores. For a better fit, ask your dentist for a custom mouthguard. 

Clean Your Teeth and Mouthguards 
Before and after wearing mouthgaurds, kids should brush their teeth and wash their mouthguards. This will help prevent the build up of bacteria that could cause bad breath, decay or even an infection.
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water Hydrate with Water
Stay hydrated by drinking water instead of sports drinks.  Many sports drinks are high in sugar and acid which can cause cavities. 
Fuel Up Like a Pro
For sustained energy, choose carbohydrates such as whole-grain breads, vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes. Don’t forget high-protein foods like chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, dairy and nuts.
injury Be Prepared for an Injury
One third of all dental injuries are caused by athletic activities.* Be prepared for this worst-case scenario by knowing where to go, what number to call and how your insurance plan covers dental emergencies.

We’re here to help you ensure your child’s smile is healthy and bright.  If you have question about your child’s oral health or about how to help prevent dental sports injuries, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or ask your dentist at your next dental appointment.

* According to a studies published in the Journal of the American Dental Association

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