How Athletes Can Take Care of Their Teeth – American Dental Association

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December 9, 2021

Most athletes overlook the health of their teeth but place more emphasis on their diet and workout routines. However, this shouldn’t be; in fact, an essential part of their diet routine should be taking care of their teeth.

This can be done in three ways as an athlete:

1. Using a mouthguard

2. Avoid sugary drinks.

3. Brushing and flossing as a daily tooth routine.

With these three things in place, athletes will preserve a healthy mouth and strong teeth.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dentist Dr Thomas Long has seen firsthand what can happen when “the puck stops here.” In addition to seeing everyday athletes in his private practice, Dr Long (a former college hockey player himself
  • Wearing a mouthguard regularly becomes second nature. It does not matter what type of mouthguard you choose. Just make sure it fits properly. 
  • In his experience with the Hurricanes, Dr Long says he doesn’t often see professional athletes drinking sports drinks. “Their diets are so well-managed they just don’t have a lot of sugar,” he says.

“Dentist Dr. Thomas Long has seen firsthand what can happen when “the puck stops here.” In addition to seeing everyday athletes in his private practice, Dr. Long (a former college hockey player himself) is the team dentist for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes.”

Read more: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/athletes-and-dental-care

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