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Get mouthguards and limit sports drinks to keep child athletes safe
Updated: 9/28/2012 6:14:54 PM
 

Get mouthguards and limit sports drinks to keep child athletes safe Now that school is in full-swing, it's important for parents to know how to protect the dental health of their children who are athletes. According to a recent article in Nashoba Publishing by Linda Vidone, D.D.S., more than 5 million teeth are knocked out each year through sports injury, which is why it's important that kids have the proper gear to keep their chompers safe while they're in the game.

The first step in protecting a young athlete's mouth is to make sure he or she has a properly fitting mouthguard. This is something that can be purchased online or custom-made at the dentist's office. However, a mouthguard isn't the only thing that parents need to be concerned about when it comes to their young athlete's dental health. They also need to be sure that their child is not consuming too many sports drinks.

According to a study published earlier this year in the journal General Dentistry, sports and energy drinks may cause irreversible damage to young people's teeth due to the high acidity levels in these beverages that wear away at tooth enamel. This is why parents should limit the amount of sports drinks their children drink, and encourage them to consume water. 

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