If you play contact sports, it is important that you put in the effort required to protect your teeth. Contact sports put you at a higher risk for having your teeth chip, break or even get knocked out. You can protect your teeth by following the tips below when you play contact sports:

Wear a properly fitted mouthguard and helmet

You can purchase a mouthguard at most sporting goods stores, but it's always best to go directly to your dentist. Your dentist will have you fitted for a mouth guard and provide you with one made from strong materials. Keep your mouthguard in your sports bag in its container when you aren't wearing it. Your helmet also needs to fit you properly. Once your helmet sustains a hard blow it should immediately be replaced with a new one.

Treat practices as real games

When you are at a practice, you want to gear up just as you would during a real game. You can still take a blow to the mouth or head during a practice, and it's important to always be prepared and take the necessary safety precautions. Practicing in your gear will also help you get used to playing with it on.

Bring emergency supplies with you

Anytime you go to a practice or a game you should have emergency dental supplies in your bag. These supplies include gauze, one instant cold pack, over-the-counter pain meds, peroxide, and the numbers of your dentist and an emergency dentist. This way, if you injure your mouth you are prepared to deal with the injury on the spot. Get to a dentist right away so they can assess the injury and treat you promptly.

What to do if you injure your mouth

If you chip or break your tooth, you'll want to pick up any pieces you find and take them with you to the dentist. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever right away and put a cold pack on the outside of your mouth where the injury is.

If you knock your tooth completely out, you want to wash it off using your own spit and try putting it back in place. Take a pain reliever and use the ice pack. Bite down on a piece of gauze with the tooth you knocked out to hold it in place. Get to an emergency dentist like OraCare Dental immediately so you have a better chance of the dentist being able to save the tooth.