Protect Your Smile

If you participate in any sport or hobby that increases your chances of taking a hit to your face, then you are at an increased chance of trauma that can injure your teeth or mouth. In this case, you will want to make sure you do all you can to protect your mouth and avoid such dental trauma. You'll also want to make sure you know what to do in case of a dental emergency. Keep all of the advice that's provided in this article in mind with regard to your teeth and any hobby that could cause you dental issues.

Wear an appropriate mouth guard

A lot of people try to get away with not wearing mouth guards. They aren't the most comfortable things to wear, don't look great, and make it hard to talk. However, one of the worst things you can do when you are involved in a risky hobby or sport is to not wear a mouth guard. You don't want to wear just any mouth guard, either; you want to make sure you get yours directly from your dentist so you know it fits you correctly and is made from the right materials.

Wear your helmet

While a helmet is extremely important to wear so you know that you are protecting your head, your neck, and your face, it can also act as a second form of protection for your mouth and teeth. You want to be sure you purchase a quality helmet. Also, if you sustain a hard blow while you are wearing the helmet, then you should make sure you replace it right away.

Carry a dental first-aid kit with you at all times

Anytime you are going to be practicing or involved in your hobby or sport, you want to be sure you have your first-aid kit with you. Your kit should have sterile gauze, cotton, a sealable plastic baggie, a small bottle of water, anti-inflammatories, and tweezers in it. You should also make sure you carry the business cards of your dentist and an emergency dentist in the kit. You may also want to print out instructions for dealing with common emergencies and have them in the kit as well.

Get treatment right away

If something does happen to your teeth, it's important to get in right away to see the dentist. Sometimes your tooth can be saved if you act quickly, but putting off treatment can cost you the tooth. This will put you in the position of needing to go through an invasive treatment to have the tooth replaced.

Discover more on this topic by talking with a dentist.