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Prepare for Fall Sports, Protect Your Smile

According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, more than five million teeth are knocked out in sporting events each year. That is a lot of teeth, many of which could have been protected.

Important Equipment


Using the proper equipment is vital. You wouldn’t go out on the track without shoes on your feet or the football field without a helmet. Protecting your mouth is just as important.

One of the best ways to prevent the loss of teeth in sporting events is the use of a mouth guard. Mouth guards are required in many contact sports, like football, soccer and wrestling. They are also a wise option for other sports like basketball and volleyball.

Mouth guards are both inexpensive and easy to use. Boil-and-bite mouth guards can be purchased at most drug stores and all athletic stores. If you are having trouble finding a mouth guard that fits correctly and comfortably, you can talk to your dentist who may have access to other, more specialized options.

Protect Your Teeth Out of Game, Too!

The course of play isn’t the only time teeth are at risk! One of the biggest dangers to teeth as the sports season ramps up is quite deceptive.

At sporting events, practices, even when just hanging out around the house kids and teens are consuming “sports drinks,” believing they are not only healthy but vital for restoring electrolytes.

Not only are these beverages unnecessary and expensive, they’re also destructive. The sugars and acids in these drinks work to erode the surface of the teeth, leaving the teeth more susceptible to tooth-decay causing bacteria.

While sports drinks can be valuable for replenishing electrolytes, they are in fact only necessary when performing intense physical activity on the hottest, most humid of days. Other than these extreme circumstances, the best form of hydration is water.

Don’t let fun and fitness be detrimental to your families smiles! Hydrate well, but stick with water. Limit sugary “sports” drinks to game day, if at all.

Have fun, be safe and don’t forget to protect your smile!