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Did you know that there are habits found during baseball season that can be extremely harmful to your smile? Well, it’s true, and our Douglas Dental team asks you to do everything you can to avoid them. We understand that some of these habits come along with the baseball traditions, but if you do your best to dodge them, your smile will be much better off. Some of the most harmful habits in baseball include:

Chewing tobacco
Like the smoking habit, chewing tobacco is extremely dangerous for your smile. It can cause stained teeth, bad breath, gum disease, root decay, and oral cancer. So, not only will your smile become severely unattractive, but the tobacco will also cause extreme oral pain and possibly death. So, please avoid chewing tobacco.

Snacking on sunflower seeds
No, chewing and snacking on sunflower seeds is not fatal to your smile, but it is very destructive. This habit can put undue stress on your teeth, causing enamel loss and tooth fractures. The best way to avoid these consequences is to eat shell-less seeds instead.

Playing with an unprotected smile
The baseball itself can cause severe injury to your smile. It can be hit or thrown at your mouth at any time of the game, which can easily result in major oral injuries, like tooth fractures and even tooth loss, and jaw misalignment. The best way to protect your smile during the game is to wear a sports mouthguard.

If you need help avoiding or quitting these habits, we encourage you to call 520-364-3361 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Darren Haws. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we are more than happy to help you maintain a strong and healthy smile this baseball season. We look forward to hearing from you!