By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
December 16, 2014
Category: Dental Education

Your Lansing dentist offers up helpful advice for how to protect your smile while on the field.

With football season in full swing, you might have heartily cheered on Michigan State as the Spartans beat out Penn State in the regular season finale, or watched the Lions down the Bears on Thanksgiving. Maybe you or your child even play football during the fall and winter seasons. If so, how much thought you have put into protecting your smile while on the field? If you haven’t, it’s OK. Luckily, it’s never too late to start protecting your smile from potential damage. Your Lansing dentist wants to make sure your teeth remain healthy even when your head is in the game.

Always wear your helmet

Luckily football is one sport that makes helmets a mandatory part of the game. Having strong and durable gear is the most important part to protecting your body and your smile. Before playing, always examine your helmet to make sure there is no damage. If your helmet already has a fracture or crack, it’s less likely to offer the full protection you need to cushion your face and smile from a violent tackle.

Sport a mouth guard

Sure, you might think this seems like overkill, but it’s important to have different layers of protection just in case something happens. After all, if a serious blow causes your helmet to break, you could still be susceptible to a dental injury. That’s where a mouth guard comes into play. A mouth guard offers just another level of coverage while out on the field.

If you or your child has already purchased a mouth guard from the local pharmacy and it doesn’t seem to fit as tightly or properly as it should, then call your Lansing dentist. We can create a custom-made mouth guard that fits you and your smile just perfectly. Let us know that your mouth guard will be used for football, and we’ll make sure to provide you with the best protection possible to maintain that beautiful smile.

If you are interested in getting custom mouth guards or you have a dental emergency, never hesitate to pick up the phone and call us right away. Our number one goal is to keep your smile healthy and happy.


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