Spring sports are starting to ramp up, and no doubt your kids are ready to play! You know it’s important to protect them from any injury by wearing pads and helmets – but make sure their teeth are protected as well! Here are some steps you can take to keep your kids’ teeth healthy if they play sports.
Tips for Teeth
It can be all too easy for teeth to get damaged in the heat of competition. Even if your child isn’t in a sport that is thought of as high contact, we all know what happens when there are a bunch of children running around in close proximity. Here are some ways to prevent problems:
- Get them a mouthguard. Mouthguards are relatively inexpensive and can offer a lot of protection for teeth. Ask your dentist about what kind of mouthguard your child should use if he or she wears braces.
- Take out the oral piercing. Oral piercings can get caught on something and ripped out during game play.
- Make sure their teeth are healthy. Healthy teeth and gums make for strong teeth. Encourage your kids to brush twice a day, floss once a day, eat a healthy diet, and make sure they see the dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.
- Limit sports drinks. Sports drinks and fruit juices both have a lot of sugar in them, which can do serious damage to teeth. Water does a great job of hydrating without the risk of cavities. If your child just has to have that sports drink, have them rinse out their mouth with some water.
- Find a dentist that is there for you if you need them. Make sure you pick a dentist for your children that will be there for you in an emergency situation, say if an incident during a game results in a lost or chipped tooth.
Dental Kidz Club offers cleanings and checkups for your children, as well as emergency services. Contact them today for an appointment at one of their many locations: Brea, Corona, Covina, Ontario, Riverside, Chino, and Perris, California. Call 951-200-5553 to schedule an appointment today!