As March rolls around, so does the excitement of March Madness and other sports events. Whether you’re a player on the court or a fan cheering from the sidelines, it’s essential to protect your smile during these adrenaline-fueled moments. Sports activities, especially those involving physical contact, can pose risks to your teeth. But fear not! With the right precautions, you can ensure that your pearly whites stay intact while you enjoy the thrill of the game.


Sports-related injuries can lead to various dental emergencies that require immediate attention from a dentist. These emergencies may include:

  • Tooth Fractures: Impact from a collision or forceful blow can cause fractures in the teeth, ranging from minor chips to severe cracks.
  • Avulsed Teeth: A sudden impact to the face can knock out one or more teeth entirely, requiring prompt action to increase the chances of successful re-implantation.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Trauma to the mouth can cause cuts, tears, or puncture wounds to the lips, gums, cheeks, or tongue, leading to significant bleeding and discomfort.
  • Dental Trauma: Injuries to the supporting structures of the teeth, such as the periodontal ligament or surrounding bone, can result in tooth mobility or displacement.

In such cases, seeking emergency dental care is crucial. Many dental offices offer emergency appointments to address urgent dental issues promptly. Prompt treatment not only alleviates pain and discomfort but also helps prevent further damage or complications. If you experience a dental emergency during sports activities, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist for immediate assistance. Remember, timely intervention can make a significant difference in preserving your dental health and smile.


  1. Wear a Custom-Fit Mouthguard

Invest in a custom-fit mouthguard from your dentist. Unlike generic mouthguards bought from stores, custom-fit ones provide superior protection as they are specifically tailored to fit your teeth and mouth structure. They offer better comfort and stability, reducing the risk of injuries during sports activities.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is not only essential for overall health but also for maintaining good oral health. Staying hydrated helps keep your mouth moist and washes away food particles and bacteria, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Avoid sugary sports drinks, as they can contribute to tooth decay.

  1. Avoid Chewing on Hard Objects

While cheering for your favorite team, it’s tempting to chew on ice or snack on popcorn kernels. However, these habits can be detrimental to your dental health. Biting down forcefully on hard objects can lead to cracked or chipped teeth. Opt for softer snacks or chew sugar-free gum instead.


Q: Can I wear my braces while playing sports?

A: Yes, you can, but it’s essential to wear a mouthguard to protect both your braces and your teeth from impacts.

Q: How do I clean my mouthguard?

A: Rinse your mouthguard with cold water after each use and brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste regularly to prevent bacterial growth.

Q: What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out during a game?

A: Immediately rinse the tooth with milk or saliva (do not scrub), and place it back into the socket if possible. If not, store it in milk and seek emergency dental care.

Q: Can I still play sports if I have dental restorations like crowns or bridges?

A: Yes, but it’s essential to wear a mouthguard to protect your dental restorations from damage.

Q: How often should I replace my mouthguard?

A: Replace your mouthguard if it becomes worn out or damaged, typically every season for active athletes.


Don’t let the excitement of March Madness compromise your smile. By following these tips for dental protection, you can enjoy sports activities while safeguarding your teeth from potential injuries. Remember, prevention is key to maintaining good oral health.

If you have any concerns about dental protection or need to schedule a dental check-up, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Let’s keep your smile shining bright, both on and off the court!