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Athletes can experience injuries pretty often, but did you know that there are things you can do to prevent oral injury? Well, it’s true! Sports can be very dangerous for your smile, which is why it’s best to do all you can to keep your teeth, gums, and jaw in tip-top shape. You can do so by doing the following things:

Wear a mouthguard
It’s best to wear a mouthguard while you are on the court or field so your smile stays protected. There are many accidents that can occur while you are active, and it’s best to avoid them as much as possible. Some common accidents include getting your teeth knocked out or chipped or misaligning your jaw. So, please protect your oral health with a mouthguard.

Avoid drinking sports drinks
Sports drinks are very sugary and acidic, which is extremely dangerous for your teeth because the sugar and acid can cause tooth decay and can also wear down your tooth enamel. So, it’s best to drink water while you are active. If water isn’t quite enough for you, we recommend drinking 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.

If you wear a mouthguard, avoid drinking sports drinks, and fight dry mouth while you are active, you are on the right track toward a strong and successful oral health! Dr. Kristen Langworthy and our team care for you and your smile, so if you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please call 919-762-3239 at your earliest convenience. Your dentist in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, will be happy to help you!