• How to Protect Your Teeth When Playing Sports

    Whether you’re a pro athlete or an avid weekend warrior, playing sports is fun and can be beneficial to your overall health. But it’s important to keep your teeth safe while playing too. There are a few simple measures that you can take to make sure your teeth stay healthy while you’re having fun on the field, court, or rink. Let’s take a look at why protecting your teeth is so important and how Park 56 Dental can help.

    Why is it Important to Protect Your Teeth?

    The primary reason for protecting your teeth when playing sports is to avoid dental injuries such as broken or chipped teeth, which can happen even if you wear the proper protective equipment. Injuries like these can not only cause pain but also lead to infection and require restorative dentistry treatments like crowns, bridges, or implants to restore functionality and aesthetics of the mouth. Additionally, athletes may suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems or jaw fractures from taking hits in contact sports without adequate protection for their heads and mouths.

    The Importance of Mouthguards

    At Park 56 Dental we understand the importance of protecting yourself during physical activity. That’s why we offer customized athletic mouthguards that are specifically designed for each individual patient’s needs so they can play their sport safely and still perform well on the field. Our custom-made mouthguards provide superior protection compared to store-bought models because they are designed specifically for your mouth size and shape. We ensure that our mouthguards fit correctly and don’t hinder breathing or speaking during games or practices—so there’s no need to worry about missing out on any plays!

    How Can I Protect My Teeth?

    In addition to getting a custom-made athletic mouthguard from Park 56 Dental, there are other ways that you can protect your teeth when playing sports:


    • Wear a helmet if applicable: Helmets are essential for contact sports like football, hockey, boxing, lacrosse, soccer etc., as they help protect both your head and face from serious injuries—including dental ones! Make sure you get one that fits properly; otherwise it won’t do much good in terms of protecting you from injury.


    • Don’t chew gum or eat hard foods before playing: Chewing gum makes it harder for you to form a tight seal with an athletic mouthguard as well as distracts you from performing at peak levels on the field/court/rink. Eating hard foods could also damage braces or other dental appliances if worn during play time.


    • Practice good oral hygiene: It’s always important to practice proper oral hygiene habits including brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily; however these habits become even more important when playing sports due to increased risk of dental injuries (as discussed earlier). Make sure you’re taking care of yourself by brushing and flossing regularly!

    If you have any questions about how best to protect your teeth while playing sports—or would like more information about our custom-made athletic mouthguards—contact Park 56 Dental in New York today! We look forward helping keep your smile healthy and happy!