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Unfortunately, your manly smile could be in harm’s way if you’re not careful. This is because there are many things that can harm your teeth and gums and alter your oral health. It’s good to do all you can to keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape. To help you do so, Dr. Sylvia A. Spradlin and our dental team will be happy to explain the different things that can threaten your smile.

Unfortunately, certain medications have side effects that cause dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common issue that is harmful because it impedes saliva production. If you don’t produce enough saliva, your mouth won’t be cleaned from harmful oral bacteria on a regular basis. This can cause many dental issues, especially tooth decay. So, the best thing you can do is fight dry mouth as much as possible by chewing sugarless gum, refraining from using tobacco products, avoiding drinking alcohol, using alcohol-free mouthwash daily, and sipping on water throughout the day.

Tobacco use is also something that can severely harm your smile and oral health. This is because it can promote and cause oral cancer as well as gum disease, which is why it’s strongly recommended to avoid using tobacco products altogether. If you tend to use tobacco products, make sure you attend your six-month checkups so your teeth and gums can remain as healthy as possible.

Lastly, playing sports without wearing a mouthguard is another threat to your smile. This is because there are things that can happen during the game or practice that can injure your teeth and gums. Therefore, our team strongly recommends wearing a mouthguard while you are active; that way your teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums will be protected from the hard, forceful objects that might hit them.

If you use our tips and do all you can to take good care of your smile and oral health in Olathe, Kansas, you’ll be on your way toward success! For more tips, information, and details on how to do so, please remember that you can always call Sylvia A. Spradlin at 913-780-0123 and talk to a member of our dental team. We look forward to hearing from you!