Summer break has come to an end, which means it’s time for kids to head back to school. With that comes the startup of after-school sports and activities – football, volleyball, basketball and more! They’re great for your child to stay healthy and active, but many people don’t know how to keep their teeth safe and healthy during the high impact activities. Here are two surefire methods to protect their teeth and a couple quick tips from our very own Dr. Kate on how to get started.

  1. Wear a mouth guard

Especially with high impact sports, teeth are at a high risk of being broken or completely knocked out. There are a few different types of mouth guards that you can choose from: custom mouth guards are the first and best option, which can be made by your dentist at Great Smiles. Because they are custom made they fit the best with your child’s teeth. The next best option, should you choose not to have a custom mouth guard, is a moldable guard that you soak in hot water and compress your child’s teeth into. This will form a mouth guard that fits fairly well in a mouth. The last option is a non-moldable mouth guard that does not always fit every mouth well, which can lead to potential difficulties or problems while playing the sport.

2. Avoid sports drinks

While drinking a sports drink is a popular occurrence while playing sports, it is not a great option when it comes to teeth. Most sports drinks are filled with processed sugars and have a high acid content, which eats away at enamel. If your child does decide to consume a sports drink, they are encouraged to brush their teeth one hour after – brushing immediately can spread around erosion causing acid to the rest of the mouth instead of ridding it.

Help your child keep their mouth safe and healthy! If you have any questions or concerns, please call either our Carlsbad or Solana Beach office.