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Do you want a top-notch smile this softball season? If so, you need to care for and protect your teeth and gums. Little did you know, there are many things involved in the softball season that can harm your smile and affect your oral health. It’s important to be careful so you can reach the goals you desire. Our dentists, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Dr. Swapna Kakarla, and Dr. Sandra Hanson, are happy to help you by giving you the tips you need. It’s best to care for and protect your smile by doing the following things:

-Don’t chew tobacco: Tobacco is a very dangerous substance for the teeth, gums, and smile. In fact, it can severely affect your oral health by causing tooth stains, bad breath, tooth decay, root decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer. Please avoid tobacco use at all costs.

-Don’t chew sunflower seeds: Sunflower seeds might seem harmless, but the shells can be destructive to the tooth enamel. When you crack the shells, the pressure applied to the teeth can cause enamel loss and tooth cracks. It’s best to avoid chewing sunflower seeds, but you can still have seeds if they do not have the shells.

-Wear a mouthguard: A mouthguard can absorb the force and protect your smile when hard, forceful objects hit your mouth during the game. It’s best to wear a mouthguard regularly so you can avoid knocked-out teeth, broken teeth and other dental injuries. We are pleased to offer custom mouth guards for you or your child’s oral protection.

For more information and details about how to protect your smile in Chelsea, Michigan, please contact Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you if you just dial 734-475-8911 now. We look forward to your phone call!