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Are you an athlete? If so, it’s important to keep your smile in mind while you participate in your sports and activities. If you’re not careful, your teeth and gums could be damaged and even injured. So, to help you keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape while you’re active in Barton City, Michigan, please do the following things:

First, wear a mouthguard whenever you step on the court, field, or track. A mouthguard is a strong and reliable appliance that can protect your teeth and jaw from the hard, forceful objects that hit them during your game or match. If you don’t wear a mouthguard, there is a chance you’ll suffer an oral injury, like chipped, broken, or knocked-out teeth.

Second, do your best to not drink sports drinks. Sports drinks have high amounts of sugar and acid. These two substances are very threatening to your smile because they can create dental issues, like tooth decay, and they can also wear down your tooth enamel, causing tooth sensitivity. The best beverage to drink while you are participating in sports and activities is water. If water is not good enough, you can drink unsweetened coconut water.

Third, fight and combat dry mouth. Dry mouth is a dental issue that is a very common problem for people who are active. It generally develops when there is not enough saliva produced in the mouth. If you don’t have enough saliva, your mouth won’t be frequently washed and it can turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, which can promote dental issues. So, the best thing you can do is drink water on a regular basis and clean your teeth after each game and practice.

If you wear a mouthguard, avoid drinking sports drinks, and combat dry mouth, you’ll be on the right track toward taking good care of your smile and oral health. If you have any questions about our tips or if you would like to learn more, please call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake at 989-736-7000 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Rodriguez if you have any concerns for your oral health. We are happy to help you in any way we can!