But what about your child’s teeth? At Sunrise Family Dentistry in Roseville, Calif., the dental staff is as concerned about your child’s dental health as you are. That includes taking the necessary steps to ensure that when your child engages in sporting events, his or her teeth and smile are properly protected.

So what can you do? Here are some suggestions:

  • Talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard for your child. A properly fitted mouth guard, which covers the top teeth only, can help prevent injury to your child’s teeth, lips, face and tongue. A dentist can help you choose the most appropriate mouth guard or make a custom model for your child.
  • Make sure your child does not wear any removable dental appliances while participating in contact sports. Some parents also choose to have their child not wear their retainers while roller skating, skateboarding, or participating in other noncontact sports that carry a significant risk of injury.
  • Maintain a healthful diet that promotes strong teeth and gums. That means limiting or eliminating the use of sports and energy beverages, soft drinks, and sugary foods that promote tooth decay. Children who do consume these products should immediately swish their mouth with water and spit it out to help remove any sugars and acids.
  • Take your child to the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. It’s always better to catch a potential problem before it can take root.
  • Encourage good hygiene at home. Brushing after every meal and snack (or at least swishing out the mouth with water) plus flossing daily are habits that are good for the entire family.

If you have any questions about how to protect your child’s teeth against injury, talk to your dentist. At Sunrise Family Dentistry in Roseville, you can be sure to get the answers and solutions you need to help preserve your child’s smile for life.