hide chevron_right

Play Summer Sports While Keeping Your Oral Health in Mind

Summer is a great time for fun in the sun. Make sure you keep up with your child’s dental health while keeping their mouth safe. Check out our tips below.

Mouth Protection Available

Keeping your mouth safe takes some extra steps. Sports and other active pursuits require some more proactive measures than trying to move your head in time. Your child won’t have to avoid going out into the world, and they won’t be forced to wear armor around their mouth. Check out our list of mouth protection below:

  • Custom-Made Mouth Protectors: This is the most secure and intense precaution. The custom-made mouthguard is a dentist created a layer of protection to protect your mouth and teeth completely. The comfort and fit will be more closely shaped to the individual.
  • Mouth-Formed Protectors: The next bracket of protection is the mouth-formed guards. These “boil-and-bite” mouth protectors are ones that you take home, put in boiling water, then bite. This process lets the guard form to your child’s mouth, making more it suited to the individual.
  • Stock Mouthguard: The bottom layer of protection can be bought at a store and used immediately. These are a cost-effective, quick way to protect your child’s mouth.

These guards help keep your child’s mouth safe. Now let’s go over the additional concerns that go with specific sports or activities.

Contact Sports (Soccer, Football, Baseball, Basketball, etc.)

With activity comes the chance for injury. Soccer, not football, is actually the leading sport for head injuries including dental-related problems. Football gets a bad rep, but it also requires a faceguard, helmet, and mouthguard. Soccer, on the other hand, does not. Children who play soccer, baseball, and basketball are at risk for having mouth injuries, including lip or cheek injuries, fractured jaws, chipped teeth, and more. Another plug for mouthguards: they don’t stop everything, but they can help.


Finally, let’s look at swimming. Heavy swimmers, or those who are in the pool over 6 hours per day, need to consider the chemicals in the pool. Make sure to drink water and brush your teeth at some point during or directly after these long sessions to cut down on the impact on your teeth. Horseplay in the water and incorrect flips or dives can also cause issues. Be careful near the water!

Signature Smiles helps clients of all ages protect their teeth and mouths. When necessary, our dedicated, professional staff has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle all dental injuries and emergencies. Give us a call now at (248) 557-5756.

The 4 Worst Things to Eat for Your Teeth

Staying healthy is a full-time job. Keeping your mouth clean and clear of bacteria is simple if you take the right steps. When you brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly, most oral health issues will stop before they...

Can You Overbrush Your Teeth?

Life is all about balance. Just about everything seems to work best when you don’t go to extremes. Too much or too little of even a good thing like water can end up being bad for your body. Similarly, there is such a thing as brushing your...

Everything You Want to Know About Sedation Dentistry

Medical issues can be scary.  Even if you are just going in for a routine cleaning, visiting the dentist might make you uncomfortable. Many people have fear or anxiety connected with the dentist based on what they’ve seen in movies or...

How Often Should Kids be Getting Flourid Treatments?

A nice, bright smile is a happy thing to see. It can be tough to get to that shiny goal, though. It seems like there are many solutions out there for getting rid of stains, plaque, and any discoloration from your teeth. It can be tough as an...

We are Open for Emergency Procedures During COVID-19

Businesses look different today than they did three months ago. Many have had to shut their doors or at least change their approach. These changes are fine for movie theaters and sporting events. But what about services that you don’t want,...

How Regularly Should You Be Visiting Your Dentist?

Parents help us keep up with all the things most kids don’t think about, from packing lunch to making it to dentist appointments. As we get older, we claim responsibility for these tasks. No matter how often you went to see a dentist as a kid,...

Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

There is a lot that can happen with your mouth, but if you see blood while flossing, you may have a problem. The daily habit of brushing and flossing helps to get rid of food that can lead to Gingivitis and gum disease. So, this chore is usually not...

Payment Plan Options to Cover Your Dental Treatments

Many people have problems with their oral health. Up to one in every four adult U.S. citizens have untreated tooth decay, and almost half of U.S. adults over 30 have gum disease, according to the Center for Disease Control. Many people stay away...

Do You Accept my Michigan Dental Insurance?

Insurance can be extremely useful and necessary for you to get the care you need. Whether health, dental, or vision, trying to figure out how your insurance works can be tough. Each of these areas is different.  Before we get any further,...

What are My Options to Whiten My Smile?

A bright smile can light up a room, improve your interactions with others, and improve your self-esteem. If you want to have a whiter smile, there are steps you can take to get there. Continue reading to learn what you can do to improve your...

The Need to Know Facts About Dental Veneers

Dental veneers take a smile from chipped, gapped, or stained to one with aligned teeth all the same shade of white. Veneers are a big step for a person to take because they are typically permanent. This post will highlight the most important info...
Page: 12 - All