May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month devoted to helping Americans stay active and healthy. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to be at the top of your fitness game. Regardless of your current level of activity, you can find ways to get moving and improve your stamina and strength. And now that the weather is warmer, there are even more options for staying in shape.

Stay Active but Protect your Teeth

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Physical activity presents a host of advantages. It helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risks of cardiovascular disease. It can also stave off metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

Exercising can reduce your risk of some types of cancer. It can strengthen your bones and muscles and also improve your mood and mental health.

With increased activity comes increased opportunity for injuries such as sprains and broken bones, but that’s no reason to take it easy. You do need to take necessary precautions, however, to minimize the chances of injury.

At Layton Implants, we encourage you to protect your pearly whites. Some athletes, particularly those in sports that involve a ball or puck or a lot of physical contact, end up with trauma to the mouth that may result in bleeding or lacerations to the gums. You could also dislodge or fracture your tooth, which may require immediate medical attention.

While engaged in sports activities, you can protect your teeth by doing the following:

  • Use mouth guards – When playing a contact sport such as hockey or football, always wear a mouth guard. There are a number of over-the-counter guards that are effective but inexpensive. Most mouth guards are designed as one-size-fits-all but can be customized to fit your mouth.
  • Don’t leave home without your helmet – A helmet with a face guard provides an extra layer of protection when playing football or hockey. Of course, there are other types of helmets, too, such as biking and baseball helmets. Always wear the appropriate headgear before starting your activity.

If you do end up with broken or missing teeth, make sure to see a dentist or prosthodontist in Layton. Don’t delay; failing to get immediate treatment can exacerbate the injury and delay healing.