How to Keep Teeth Safe When Playing Sports

Posted on 1/25/2020 by Karl Olson
How to Keep Teeth Safe When Playing SportsHave you ever lost a tooth or damaged your jaw when playing a sport? The experience can be quite excruciating. Moreover, the jaw can undergo severe damage.

When it comes to some athletes, a lost or broken tooth is just a rite of passage. However, for the common average hobbyist, it is a nightmare. Not only does it cost more than a fancy mouth guard, but your friends are also bound to laugh at you for a few months.

Using the right gear when playing sports has been proven to prevent unnecessary harm, including to the teeth and guns. Luckily, it is not hard to learn how to protect your teeth when engaging in close-contact activities or a sport.

Protecting Your Teeth

When engaging in a sport that involves the use of sticks, bats, balls or person-to-person contact such as hockey or soccer, a mouth guard is necessary. Not only are some options very inexpensive, some of them are easy to maintain. Some are soaked in boiling water while some require more care. Whichever the case, they are both quite pocket friendly. Picking the required helmet when playing a sport should also be at the top of your priorities. Do not play hockey with a helmet meant for a cyclist. Good headwear provides an extra layer of protection.

Since you need neither a mouth guard nor a helmet in a sport like swimming, proper maintenance of the pool is necessary. If the pH is too low (acidic), you are at a risk of getting swimmers calculus. It makes your teeth extra sensitive and appear yellow because of enamel erosion. You can further protect your mouth by keeping it closed while swimming. This reduces the contact with chlorinated water.

Lastly, booking an appointment with us can be a good avenue for you to ask more questions exhaustively and grow your knowledge about oral hygiene. Feel free to contact us about any worries you might have.

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