March 15, 2016

Tips On Caring for Your Smile As An Athlete

As you participate in your favorite sports and activities, your smile can be in grave danger. With all of the hard, forceful objects around and the many different types of beverages, your teeth can suffer from trauma and they can fall victim to many dental problems. To help you maintain a strong and healthy smile as an athlete, our Exceptional Dentistry team recommends doing the following things:

Wear a mouthguard
If you want to avoid knocking your teeth or jaw out of place, it’s best to wear a mouthguard while you are playing sports. With the many knees, elbows, and sports balls flying around, there is a high chance that your mouth could be forcefully hit. If you are wearing a mouthguard when this happens, your smile will remain in tip-top shape.

Avoid drinking sports drinks
It’s best to drink water while you are active. Water is much better than sports drinks because the sports drinks contain high amounts of sugar and acid. And, if you’re not careful, the sugar can cause tooth decay and the acid can wear down your tooth enamel. If water isn’t quite enough for you, you can drink unsweetened coconut water.

Fight dry mouth
Dry mouth occurs when you don’t produce enough saliva. This is a very dangerous condition because if you don’t have enough saliva, the food particles won’t get washed away and your mouth will become a breeding ground for bacteria. So, the best thing to do is frequently drink water and brush your teeth after each game and practice.

Call 661.349.7725 now if you want to learn more about smile care in Palmdale, California! Your dentist, Dr. James D. Powell, and our team care for you and your oral health, and we want you to have the best dental and athletic experience possible. So, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. The more you know, the better off your smile will be!