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As the weather gets warmer and baseball season approaches, it’s important to take good care of your smile while you hit your home-runs and run your bases. Whether you believe it or not, there are a few baseball traditions that can severely harm your smile. So, if you wish to keep strong and healthy teeth, gums, and underlying bone, our All Family Dental team recommends avoiding the following baseball habits and traditions:

Chewing tobacco
Many tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, can severely harm your smile. Chew can stain your teeth, give you bad breath, create root decay, develop gum disease, and form oral cancer. Not only will this habit affect the appearance of your smile, but it will also alter your overall health to the point of death. So, please avoid chewing tobacco.

Snacking on sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds aren’t nearly as harmful as chewing tobacco is; however, they can still be destructive to your smile. When you chew and break the shells, your enamel gets worn down and there is a high chance that you might fracture your teeth. The best thing to do is chew unshelled seeds instead.

Playing with an unprotected smile
There are many times when the baseball can soar toward your mouth and cause major oral injuries and even jaw misalignment. We ask that you protect your smile from this occurrence by wearing a mouthguard while you play.

For more information about the best ways to save your smile this baseball season, call 651.222.9715 today and talk to Dr. Richard Timm or a member of our caring dental team. We are here to help you have the best and most successful oral health possible, and the only way we can do that is if you call our office and ask for assistance. We look forward to talking with you!