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If you or your child is involved in sports, then you probably know how important mouthguards are.

Mouthguards tend to be viewed as only protecting your teeth. However, they protect more than just that. Mouthguards protect an athletes lips, jaw, tongue, and face from impact.

Parents should know that there are not many sports or recreational activities that shouldn’t be played without a mouthguard. Sports such as basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, skateboarding, skiing, racquetball and many more should be performed with a mouthguard.

We want all of our patients and their families to live a life free of dental health issues. Besides proper hygiene and routine check-ups, protecting your teeth and mouth from injury is an essential part of keeping a healthy smile.

Summer isn’t complete without spending plenty of time with friends and family. The next time you have guests over, Dr. Van Treese has some simple tips to make sure nobody leaves with a dental health issue!

  • Keep you and your guests hydrated. Water is not only crucial for keeping harmful bacteria from damaging your teeth and gums; the summer heat can be very dangerous if you’re not careful.
  • Don’t chew on ice cubes. Chewing on ice cubes can do a lot of damage to your teeth.
  • Avoid purchasing sugary snacks, and instead, buy something that is good for your overall and dental health. Things such as vegetable trays and fruit are great for a summer party.
  • Don’t use a toothpick to remove stuck food. Toothpicks can easily poke your gums. Instead, purchase a pack of dental picks that you and your guests can use if needed.

If you’re in the Sidney, OH area and need a dental check-up or have any questions, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese today!