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If you are an athlete who enjoys the sport of baseball, our Savannah Dental Associates team has some tips for you. Whether you believe it or not, baseball has some traditions that aren’t very healthy for your smile. So, if you wish to play the game without harming your teeth, gums, and underlying bone, we recommend avoiding the following traditions and habits:

Chewing tobacco
Just like all other tobacco products, chewing tobacco is extremely dangerous for your smile. But players still chew it like there aren’t any consequences. Well, there are many consequences, including stained teeth, bad breath, gum disease, root decay, and oral cancer. We ask that you please do not participate in this habit so you can keep your mouth and body safe.

Snacking on sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds aren’t near as dangerous as chewing tobacco is, but they are 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
Whether you believe it or not, the baseball itself is extremely dangerous for your smile. At any moment, the baseball can be hit or thrown right at your oral cavity, causing extreme injury and even jaw misalignment. The best way to prevent these injuries is to wear a mouthguard while you play.

Now, we understand that you can’t protect your smile if you don’t have a mouthguard, so we recommend calling 912-234-5003 today and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Philip Cooper so you can learn more about mouthguards. There are many guard options available, and we are happy to tell you the best appliance for your smile!