Sports are a great part of life that many of us enjoy and engage in, especially children. Sports are great exercise, promotes friendships, and is just plain fun. However, sports cause a lot of dental injuries — dental injuries that could have been prevented with proper precautions taken.

Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins offers the best dental care around. Not only do we offer all of the typical offerings dentists offer, such as cleanings, fillings, and teeth whitening, but we also offer periodontics care and wisdom teeth removal services. We are your local dentist that cares, seeking long-lasting relationships with our patients. Below, we’ll go over some things you and your child can do to protect your teeth during sports. Schedule your next dental visit today!


  1. Wear a mouthguard. While not the most glamorous of sporting gear, kids who wear a mouthguard are less likely to suffer a sports injury that would require dental care. Dental mouth guards are not that expensive. They do, however, require a bit of getting used to. But, when you consider the alternative of having to have a tooth replaced, wearing a mouthguard is a minor inconvenience by comparison. Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins recommends that if you or your child is playing a contact sport, such as football, soccer, basketball, hockey, martial arts, kickboxing, lacrosse, or wrestling, they should be wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards are readily available at any store. However, your local dentist can make a customized mouthguard that would fit much better if so desired. Contact us for more details.
  2. Wear a helmet. Besides a mouthguard, a helmet will be the next best thing to wear to protect your teeth during sports. Many sports, such as baseball, football, and lacrosse, already incorporate helmets into their uniforms and are required. This is excellent since helmets not only protect the athlete’s head, but also their jaw and teeth. Also, Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins recommends to wear a helmet for any sport you can fall down in, such as snowboarding, skiing, dirt biking, and mountain biking.
  3. Playing respectfully. Dental injuries don’t just happen in organized sports; they happen at anytime during play, perhaps more so because your guard is down. Perhaps one of the best things you can do for your children is to teach them how to play safe and fairly. There is no need to get angry, and then take it out on a kid with the intent to hurt. You don’t need to tackle a kid just to tackle them. When you play for fun instead of to win, you can play respectfully and avoid injury all around.


Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins offers the best dental care, including care for children. We do our utmost to ensure your child is comfortable at our office. We work promptly and efficiently, so your child is not waiting, building up anxiety. We make to make going to the dentist not so intimidating for your child. Our mission is to form lasting relationships with our dental family. Contact us today to get started!