As a teen, you may find yourself participating in a number of sports at your school or an outside organization. High-impact sports can be a lot of fun but they can also place an extreme amount of stress on your teeth. If you aren't careful, then this can result in craze lines throughout your entire mouth. Craze lines are small cracks in the enamel that are often extremely difficult to detect. If they go unnoticed for too long, then this can result in larger cracks and a possible infection. Therefore, it is important to take steps to prevent craze lines from developing. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to help you do this as a teen.
Avoid Playing Sports without Your Mouthguard
You should try your best to avoid playing contact sports without your mouthguard. If the sport is something like tennis and swimming, where you do not come in contact with another player, then you may not need a mouthguard. However, if you are playing football or rugby, then your teeth will sustain a huge amount of force. If your teeth are left unprotected when they take on this force, then this will result in damage. You may not be able to notice any damage immediately but as the craze lines become deeper, the cracks will become more noticeable. Make sure that, if you do decide to wear a mouthguard, it is specially made for the sport you are playing. Some mouthguards are designed to handle more impact and intensity. Your dentist can recommend one if you're unsure.
Consider Wearing a Helmet
All helmet is not regularly worn in all high-impact sports. However, if you are playing for fun, then you can consider a helmet when you play. A helmet may not be the most stylish thing to wear when playing intramural sports but it works well to protect your entire face from the trauma sustained from intense forces. You do not necessarily need to look for the helmets worn by football players; instead, you can look for soft helmets. These helmets provide cushion without the bulkiness found in other helmets. If worn regularly, then you can avoid developing craze lines throughout your mouth.
As you get older it, becomes more important to protect your teeth from developing any kind of surface cracks. This can lead to larger problems that are costly to fix. Therefore, use these tips to ensure you can avoid this.