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If you are a baseball player who is getting ready for the upcoming season, our Ventana Family Dentistry team has some tips for you. Whether you believe it or not, baseball has some traditions that can severely harm your smile, and we ask that you do not participate in them. We care about you and your oral health, and we want you to do all you can to stay away from the following habits:

Chewing tobacco
Many tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, can severely harm your smile. Chew can stain your teeth, give you bad breath, create root decay, develop gum disease, and form oral cancer. Not only will this habit affect the appearance of your smile, but it will also alter your overall health to the point of death. So, please avoid chewing tobacco.

Snacking on sunflower seeds
Snacking on sunflower seeds isn’t quite as harmful to your smile as chewing tobacco is. However, it can still damage your teeth by causing enamel loss and tooth fractures. The best way to prevent these occurrences is to eat unshelled seeds instead.

Playing with an unprotected smile
The baseball in and of itself is a threat to your smile. It can be thrown or hit at your mouth at any point in the game, which could cause major oral injuries and even jaw misalignment. To protect your smile during the game, we strongly recommend wearing a sports mouthguard.

If you are interested in talking to Dr. Craig Thompson about a mouthguard or if you have questions regarding the tips we have provided, we encourage you to call 623-566-1200 and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We are happy to assist you in any way we can!