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Do you worry about your oral health or about how you can keep your smile safe while you play sport? You may have been told that you should wear a mouthguard, and may think that you need a mouthguard if you play sports like basketball, hockey, or other contact sports. While this is true you should really wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports, regardless of the sport.

But, aside from the risk of damaging your teeth, did you know that athletes can experiences problems with their oral health—and that these problems could affect their play.

For example, many athletes suffer from dry mouth. While this may not seem like a major problem, it actually can be. Saliva is very important to your overall oral health: it carries away food particles and reduces acid buildups. In fact, dry mouth can lead to decay and gum disease, reduce your ability to fight bacteria, and cause bad breath.

This means it’s very important for you to keep your saliva levels normal. Drinking is one major thing you can do to replace the fluid in your body and keep your mouth moist. While some athletes use sports drinks to replace their electrolytes. However, they also contain sugar, which can also lead to tooth decay. Conversely, water can provide you with a variety of benefits without putting your smile in danger. Another way you can increase saliva flow is chewing sugar-free gum.

Finally, if you are experiencing a toothache or pain in your mouth, please contact your dentist. This aching can interfere with your sleep, which can have a negative impact on your performance. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon.