Summer is the peak season for outdoor activities. Not only do many people enjoy extra hours of recreation, thanks to the increased number of daylight hours, but they may also spend this season exploring new activities. Running, cycling, hiking, camping, and rock climbing are all great ways to get active this summer, but safety has to be considered. Protecting your teeth while on the field, in the gym, or on the road is very important. The care team at Nashville Periodontal Group and your periodontist in Nashville, TN, want to help you enjoy the summer in safety and health.

Protective Gear for Many Activities

Mouth guards are one of the most important pieces of safety gear in any recreational sport. You can find them used by:

• Swimmers
• Football players
• Basketball players
• Wrestlers
• Soccer players

Custom mouth guards can be made using an imprint taken from the patient’s mouth. Mouth guards can also be purchased from drug stores and molded into shape at home.

Recovering From an Injury

Should your teeth, jaw, or gums be injured during recreational activities this summer, you should seek treatment promptly. The Nashville Periodontist Group specializes in numerous dental implant procedures, including those performed to replace missing teeth. Although all periodontal patients may not be ideal recipients for these implants, Nashville Periodontist Group can help many people recover from old and new injuries.

Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. Each tooth in your mouth provides valuable benefits to the surrounding jaw bone. If a tooth is lost, the bone can gradually deteriorate, which can result in several more progressive concerns.

A dental implant is an ideal solution to the problem of missing teeth. A post is set into the jaw, substituting the place of a tooth’s natural root. A crown is shaped to replicate the surrounding teeth; then it is placed on top of the implanted post. The result is an attractive, natural-looking tooth that can be easily cared for with traditional oral hygiene methods.

Take Care of Oral Injuries


If you or a family member happens to sustain an oral injury during summer activities, make sure to seek treatment promptly. If you would like to discuss the use of a dental implant to replace a lost tooth, call our clinic at (615) 800-3686.