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Being an athlete can be time-consuming and even a little stressful. Unfortunately, there are more things you should worry about than just your overall health and your physical ability to run, jump, and dribble a ball—you also need to worry about your smile.

Sadly, sports and activities can harm your teeth and gums more than you might realize. This is why it’s important to do all you can to prevent dental issues and oral injuries. You can do so by doing the following things:

First, wear a mouthguard the entire time you’re in the game or at practice. It’s best to wear a mouthguard while you are active so your smile stays protected from the sports balls, elbows, knees, and other hard objects that could hit it. There are many oral injuries that can occur while you are running, jumping, and playing, and it’s best to prevent them as much as possible. Some common injuries include chipping, breaking, or knocking out your teeth or misaligning your jaw. So, please protect your teeth and gums with a mouthguard while you are active.

Second, avoid drinking sports drinks. Sports drinks have high amounts of sugar, which means they promote dental issues like tooth decay. These drinks are also highly acidic, which means they can erode your tooth enamel, causing tooth sensitivity and other dental problems. The best beverage to drink while you are participating in your sport or activity is water. If water isn’t satisfying in your strenuous workout, try drinking unsweetened coconut water.

Third, fight dry mouth. Dry mouth is a very troublesome and annoying dental issue that is common among athletes. However, it is also a dangerous dental problem because if you don’t produce the right amount of saliva, food particles and bacteria will remain in your mouth and your smile will turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, which will promote and encourage many dental issues. To prevent this from happening, drink water on a regular basis and brush your teeth after each practice and game.

If you use our tips and do your best to maintain a top-notch oral health, you’ll be on the right track toward taking care of your smile while you’re an athlete in Alpharetta, Georgia. For more information, tips, and details about our information, please call Jones Bridge Dental Care at 678-813-1634 at your earliest convenience. Drs. Eliezer, Malikov, Nasseh, Rahman, and Febo-Cuello are always happy to help you maintain your healthy, beautiful, smile!