Sports & Your
Oral Health
Whether you’ve already achieved the smile of your dreams or you are still in the process of doing so, our dentist understands that protecting your teeth during athletic events is an important step to take. The truth is, unexpected accidents happen while we are participating in sports, especially during contact sports.


Opting for a mouth guard is one of the most popular options for protecting your teeth, and for good reason. Two subtle pieces of equipment can have a tremendous positive impact on protecting your teeth. If you play a physical, contact sport such as football, hockey, or soccer, a mouth guard should be used. There are cheaper options for mouthguards, including over the counter options as well as boil-and-bite mouthguards that will mold to your mouth. However, keep in mind that these options don’t always offer the best fit and can even be uncomfortable to wear. Our dentist in Chesterfield, MO can create a custom mouth guard for you that will provide you with the protection you need.


Another way to protect your mouth while playing sports is by wearing a helmet, especially one with a faceguard attached. Helmets are required for sports like hockey, baseball, and football and prevent both head and mouth injuries. If the sport you play requires a helmet, make sure to pick a helmet that is designed for your particular sport. For example, you wouldn’t want to wear a baseball helmet when you are playing football, and vice-versa. For even more protection during these rough sports, you should wear a mouthguard in addition to a helmet to ensure your mouth stays protected.


It is important to note that custom-fitted mouthguards make it easier for players to talk with their teammates during the game.

If you have questions about how to protect your teeth during a specific sport, don’t hesitate to contact our dentist in Chesterfield, MO! Dr. Jonathan Silva and his team are well-versed in what it takes to protect your smile regardless of the sport you play.
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Dr. Jonathan W Silva DDS LLC
13463 Olive Boulevard
Chesterfield MO 63017
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