Protecting Your Teeth in School Athletics
School sports are awesome! Kids learn to rally behind their team, commit to a cause bigger than themselves and press on through adversity.
As parents, we love to root for our kids on the field. But, we also know that our teen’s perfect smile could be totally wrecked by one aggressive tackle or stray hockey puck. So how can we protect our kids’ teeth during school athletics?
It all starts with a good quality mouth guard.
Mouth protection is most often associated with higher contact sports such as football or hockey. But, it should be an essential part of the uniform for basketball, soccer, lacrosse or any other sport where kids or their equipment move fast.
Let’s take a quick look at your different mouthguard options.
These are individually made by your dentist to perfectly fit your teeth. They are more expensive, but offer superior protection and are more comfortable to wear.
*Lake Norman Dentistry creates custom mouth protection for our own patients.
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
These mouth protectors are boiled in water, then inserted to adapt to the shape of your mouth. Boil-and-bite may offer better fit and protection than stock mouth protectors. Just be sure to always follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be purchased at your local sporting goods store, drugstore, big box outlet or even online. Although we’re not here to promote a specific brand, CustMbite MVP and CustMbite Pro have each earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
If you can’t afford the options above, by all means do not go without!
Stock mouth protectors are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. They don’t fit as well, can be bulky and can make breathing or talking difficult, but are far better than leaving your teeth exposed.
Hydrate with Water
TV would have us all believe that sports drinks will turn you into the world’s greatest athlete. The truth is, these drinks are typically loaded with sugar.
Besides sidelining your overall performance, the acid in sugary sports drinks can erode the enamel on your teeth.
It’d be a shame to miss the big game just to fill a cavity.
But, don’t the pros all drink XtremeGatorEnergyAid?
Pro sports diets are highly managed for best performance and contain very little sugar. If you look beyond the pay-for-placement logo on the bottle, professional athletes are actually drinking water or a custom-made, high-protein drink.
2 Minutes, 2 Times Every Day
Getting to the next level in any sport requires training and discipline. Keep your teeth healthy and strong with this daily dental routine.
- Floss Every Morning
- Brush for 2 Minutes Morning and Night
- Rinse with an ADA Approved Mouthwash
Bonus Tip: See Your Dentist
If you’re in the Charlotte / Huntersville / Lake Norman area, we’d love to have you as a patient. Give us a call at 704.895.3858 or click here to make an appointment.