Your Active Calgary Lifestyle: Keeping Your Smile in Top Form

Calgary is a city of outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, and those who embrace a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. However, the same activities and stresses that benefit our bodies can sometimes take a hidden toll on our smiles. Let’s dive into how to protect your teeth and gums while enjoying all that Calgary offers.

Athletes: Mouthguards Aren’t Just for Kids

Sports-related dental injuries are surprisingly common whether you’re hitting the ice, the field, or the court. A custom-fitted mouthguard is a small investment that can prevent chipped teeth, knocked-out teeth, and even jaw fractures.

  • Beyond Contact Sports: Mouthguards are wise for mountain biking, skateboarding, etc.
  • The Port Dental Difference: We offer custom mouthguards for a comfortable fit that doesn’t interfere with breathing or speaking.

Fueling Your Adventures: Smile-Friendly Nutrition

What you eat and drink directly impacts your oral health. Keep these tips in mind on busy days:

  • Beware of Sports Drinks: Highly acidic and sugary, these erode enamel. Some examples of these drinks include popular energy drinks and some flavored water brands. Sip water while exercising, and rinse with water afterward to help neutralize the acids in your mouth.
  • Snack Smart: Remember, what you eat and drink directly impacts your oral health. Choose whole foods like fruits, veggies, and nuts over processed snacks. By making these choices, you’re taking control of your dental health!
  • Hydration is Key: Dry mouth increases cavity risk. Carry a water bottle and sip often.

Calgary’s Outdoor Life: Unique Challenges for Your Teeth

  • Cold Weather Woes: Anyone who spends time outdoors in the winter knows that teeth can become sensitive to frigid air. Sensitive toothpaste and breathing through your nose can help.
  • Allergy Alert: Seasonal allergies can lead to dry mouth (from mouth breathing) and increased oral bacteria. Over-the-counter rinses can provide relief.
  • Pool Problems: Swimmer’s calculus is a real thing! Chlorine can make teeth more prone to tartar buildup. Good brushing and checkups are essential.

Stress & Your Smile: The Calgary Connection

Our fast-paced city life can lead to stress that manifests in surprising ways, including:

  • Teeth Grinding & Clenching (Bruxism): A common dental issue caused by stress, it damages teeth and causes jaw pain. Nightguards and stress management techniques, such as relaxation exercises or therapy, are essential for prevention and treatment.
  • TMJ Disorders: TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. Stress can worsen TMJ dysfunction, leading to jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty opening and closing your mouth. Stress management techniques, such as relaxation exercises or therapy, and nightguards can help manage this condition.
  • Canker Sores: More frequent when stressed. Over-the-counter treatments help.

Don’t Let a Dental Problem Derail You

A toothache or sudden sensitivity can disrupt your training or enjoyment of the outdoors. Regular checkups, which we highly recommend, spot issues early when treatment is more straightforward. Pay attention to even minor changes in your smile!

The Port Dental Clinic: Your Partner in Active Living

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, we understand the unique dental needs of a busy Calgary lifestyle. From preventive care to sports dentistry and emergency treatment, we’re here to help you maintain a healthy smile for all life’s adventures.

Ready to give yourself the gift of a healthy smile? Schedule your first appointment at +1.403.345.1110 with Port Dental.

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