If you or your child is an athlete, it is important to always protect the teeth. Many different types of accidents can occur when you are playing sports. And, if your teeth aren’t protected, you take the risk of chipping or even losing a tooth. Here are some of our top four recommendations to help you keep your smiles healthy.
- Develop good oral habits. This includes brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. We here at Canyon Creek Dentistry recommend keeping a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with your athletic gear. Especially if it is an overnight competition, it is important to remember to take care of your teeth.
- Skip the sports drinks and opt for water. Drinking water will help wash away the residual sugars left on your teeth by sports drinks or foods. It is not always easy to eat healthy while on the road or at away games, but one thing you can do is to always choose water.
- Eat healthier snacks. Eat nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Also, cheese can be a good source of protein and calcium. Eating apples can also give you the sugars and energy you need without the sugar spike. Second, eating apples cleanse your teeth naturally.
- Don’t skip your dental checkups. As athletes, keeping in optimal health is important so that you aren’t distracted by any bodily ailments from keeping you in top performance. Visit us twice a year. Attending your checkup, we will help detect and treat decay as well as to detect early signs of gingivitis. And, depending on your sport, we can even discuss mouth protection devices such as mouth guards to help prevent accidental trauma while participating in sports activities.
So, as an athlete, it is important to protect your smile. These are just some easy steps that you can take to help improve your oral hygiene. If you have missed your appointment or if you need to schedule one, Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas. We can’t wait to see you.