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If you’re a softball player preparing for the upcoming spring season, then you’re likely working on ways to improve your game. Well, our dentist, Dr. Martin Trockel, also encourages you to work on ways to protect your smile this season. If you’re not careful, your teeth and gums can suffer the consequences and you can experience dental problems. So, he encourages you to care for and protect your smile this season 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 can be harmful to the teeth because when you crack the shells, pressure is applied to the tooth enamel. If the teeth can’t handle the pressure, it can result in enamel loss and tooth cracks. It’s best to only eat the seeds that don’t have the shells.

-Wear a mouthguard: A mouthguard is an appliance that covers the entire arch of teeth and protects it from oral injury. In fact, it can help you avoid knocked-out teeth, broken teeth and more while you’re playing the game.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to protect your smile in Bixby, Oklahoma, please contact our dental team at Spartan Family Dentistry. When you dial 918-366-3777, we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!