You spend a lot of your time trying to keep your children safe, we’re sure that keeping their teeth safe during sports outings has crossed your mind a time of two. These tips can help your child keep their beautiful smile on the basketball court, soccer field or gymnastics floor.
Invest – and wear – a mouthguard: Wearing a mouthguard can protect against chipped teeth, lip cuts and damaged jaw. Come visit us and we can help get your child fitted for a custom mouthguard that will help their teeth for years to come.
Once you have a mouthguard, keep it clean: As you can image, if not washed regularly, mouthguards can get really gross. A great habit is to have your kids brush their teeth before their put in their mouthguard and after taking it out. They should also wash their mouthguard too.
Choose water over Gatorade: Not only does water quench your thirst and stave off dehydration, it can also reduce your chance of cavities that can be caused by sugary sports drinks.
Fuel your body with healthy foods: Nutrition is a huge part of being an athlete, and a great benefit to your teeth. Fill your children's belly with high protein foods like chicken, turkey, fish, dairy, and nuts. Great sources of carbohydrates for sustained energy include whole-grain breads, vegetables, fruits and beans.
Be prepared for an accident to happen: According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, 13 – 39 percent of all dental injuries are caused by athletic activities. Be prepared by knowing what number to call (360-636-1900), where to go, and how your plan covers dental emergencies.