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As baseball season approaches, it’s important to think about your smile. There are many traditions involved in the sport that can severely harm your teeth, gums, and overall health. If you wish to have a strong and successful smile throughout the season and throughout your life, we ask that you please stay away from the following traditions and habits:

Chewing tobacco
Chewing tobacco seems to be a popular activity on the baseball field, but did you know that it can cause stained teeth, bad breath, gum disease, and oral cancer? Well, it’s true, and we ask that you please stay away from this habit as much as possible.

Snacking on sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds aren’t near as dangerous as chewing tobacco is, but it is still harmful to your smile. As you chew, your tooth enamel wears away and your chances of chipping your teeth increase. If you must have a salty treat during the game, we recommend eating 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.

If you stay away from these three things, you will be on the right track toward a strong, healthy, and stunning smile. If you are interested in talking to Dr. Richard G. Goble about the best mouthguard for your smile, please remember that you can always call 760.728.2261 during office hours and schedule an appointment. We are happy to help you!