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Did you know that if you’re not careful, your smile can be harmed during softball season? Well, it’s true. This is why our dentists, Dr. Dean Robinson and Dr. Scott Robinson, strongly encourage caring for your teeth and gums while you swing the bat, catch softballs and field ground balls. If you do so, you can have a strong and healthy smile all season and you can reduce your chances of having dental problems. So, our dentist encourages you to care for and protect your smile by doing the following things:

-Don’t chew tobacco: Tobacco is very dangerous for the oral health. Tobacco use can promote many dental issues, like bad breath, severely stained teeth, tooth decay, root decay, gum disease as well as oral cancer. It is very important to avoid tobacco use altogether so you can maintain a healthy smile as well as a healthy body.

-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: There is a chance a hard, forceful object can hit your mouth during the game. When this happens, it’s best to be wearing a mouthguard. The mouthguard can absorb the force and help you avoid dental injuries, like knocked-out teeth, broken teeth and more. You can find boil and bite mouthguards online or at your local sporting goods store.

Do you have any questions about how to protect your smile in Provo, Utah? If so, please contact Plum Tree Family Dental at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 801-375-3388 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to giving you the answers and information you need!