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As you participate in your favorite sports and activities, it’s important to think of your smile. There are many accidents that can occur while you are active, and some of those accidents could involve your oral cavity. So, if you want to care for your smile while you are playing sports and staying active, our Acre Wood Dental team recommends that you do the following things:

Wear a mouthguard
A mouthguard is a strong and reliable appliance that fits snug over your teeth to protect your smile. This is a great tool to have when you participate in high-contact sports or in activities that threaten your oral health. So, if you want to keep your teeth intact or if you want to maintain an aligned jaw, please wear a mouthguard.

Avoid drinking sports drinks
Sports drinks are very sugary and acidic, which is extremely dangerous for your teeth because the sugar and acid can cause tooth decay and can also wear down your tooth enamel. So, it’s best to drink water while you are active. If water isn’t quite enough for you, we recommend drinking unsweetened coconut water.

Fight dry mouth
Dry mouth is a dental condition that develops when you don’t produce enough saliva. When this happens, food particles remain in your mouth and create a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s best to avoid this condition as much as possible. You can do so by drinking plenty of water and by brushing your teeth after each practice and game.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about smile care in Waco, Texas, please call 254 227-5082 and talk to our helpful dental team! We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Benjamin Johnson, if you have any concerns or if you’ve already experienced an oral injury. We are here to help you achieve the best oral health possible!