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Spring is in full swing which means more time outdoors! As baseball and soccer take the center stage in your child’s life, you need to ensure that falls and collisions don’t do any major damage. Keep your child’s teeth safe from flying baseballs and footballs with the following precautionary measures and keep the fun going:

  1. Use the Right Protective Equipment

It is all fun and games until somebody breaks a tooth, right? Sports are entertaining only when your child is fully prepared with proper equipment especially when playing contact sports. Injuries and falls can happen anytime so protect your child’s teeth with the right protective gear. Wearing face masks, shoulder pads, chest protectors and gloves when playing rugby, soccer, basketball, football, baseball and hockey may feel like a hindrance to your child initially but they efficiently prevent tooth fracture, painful extrusions and splitting of the lips.

  1. Wear a Sports Teeth Guard

A sports teeth guard is designed to seamlessly fit along your child’s teeth and gum line for protection in case of a collision. Easily available at sports stores, you can also have your dentist customize the teeth guard to perfectly fit the size and shape of your child’s teeth.

  1. Put on a Helmet

Helmets not only protect your child’s skull from accidents and concussions but also guard the mouth from injuries. Wearing helmets when biking, skateboarding, and playing other speed and impact sports will reduce the chances of fractured tooth and oral trauma.

  1. Use Sports Eyewear

Even non contact sports can result in severe eye injuries. Sports eyewear offers ultimate protection against fast moving bats, balls, racquets, jabs and elbows.

  1. Follow the Rules

Injuries should not keep your child from pursuing his/her favorite sport but ensuring their safety during practice sessions is your responsibility. No parent would like to see their child venture into the football field from the wrong end and get tackled by a sea of players. Making sure that your child has a complete understanding of the rules and regulations before playing any sport will greatly reduce the risk of injury.

  1. Eat Superpower Foods for Strong Teeth and Healthy Bones

A healthy diet that is rich in proteins, fibers and dairy will keep your child’s teeth strong and bones healthy.  Strawberry, kiwis, nuts, seeds, veggies, celery and fibrous foods are essential for growing children who actively participate in sports.

  1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is imperative to the health and safety of your child’s teeth. Getting your child into the habit of brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will ensure proper oral protection both on the field and off the field. It is also a good idea to have your child visit the dentist for removal of plaque and professional cleaning.

While recreational and school sports help children develop discipline, leadership qualities and learn social skills, they are also a major cause of serious injuries that often leave children with missing teeth. Taking your child to the dentist twice a year is the best way to keep your child’s teeth in top condition and prevent dental problems.

Joshua Hong DDS is here to help you tackle your child’s every dental problem, any sports season. Call us today at 623-925-8822 for a caring dental appointment that helps your little heroes win every battle – whether it is against the sugar bugs or school players.