Kids and adults who compete in sports are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, have better mental health and develop stronger bones and muscles. But despite the benefits, some sports may pose a risk to dental health.
While contact sports require players to wear facial protection and mouthguards, basketball requires neither. This makes teeth 5Xs more vulnerable to damage, whether it’s from being hit by the ball or a flying elbow. Avoid being a statistic next time you hit the court and wear a mouthguard.
Football & Hockey
While joint sprains and concussions are more common injuries on the field and ice, dental trauma is also frequent.
Luckily, because these sports require mouthguards, the risk of facial injury is significantly reduced. But your best chance at protecting your teeth with a mouthguard that fits properly.
While swimmers don’t make contact with another player or ball, they do make contact with pool chemicals. These chemicals, such as chlorine, can cause swimmers’ calculus, putting athletes at risk for tooth stains and enamel loss.
Swimmers who spend more than 6 hours a week at the pool are at the highest risk and should maintain a thorough oral health routine.
Even the cowboys and cowgirls in our official state sport should wear mouthguards to protect from the impact from a fall or from the stock.
Just because your sport isn’t listed above doesn’t mean your teeth are risk-free. Here are 3 things to looks out for; no matter what sport you play:
Salvia keeps cavity-causing bacteria at bay. But athletes who fail to rehydrate properly run the risk of dry mouth, which can lead to cavities. Here are some clever ways you can replenish after you sweat.
Sports drinks are highly acidic, loaded with sugar and erode teeth faster than cola. These beverages should only be consumed after 60-90 minutes of high-intensity workouts and followed by water to wash away the sugar.
Sports require concentration, which can cause athletes to clench their teeth, grinding down enamel. Athletes can prevent the grind by wearing a mouthguard and practicing stress-reducing behaviors.
Until next time, smile on, mouthguard in, and game on!