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It is important to make sure you’re adequately protecting your smile against dental damage, as numerous hazards can arise to destroy your smile. Not only can the foods you eat drastically affect your health, so to can many lifestyle choices and activities that you partake in, including sports you may play, mouth jewelry you may wear, and habits such as smoking or using drugs.

If you’re involved with any sports, particularly contact sports, it is important to make sure you are wearing appropriate safety gear. Due to the likelihood that a single oral accident can significantly impair oral health, it is important to always wear safety equipment such as mouth guards, face masks, and helmets if applicable.

If you wear mouth jewelry such as lip or tongue rings, you’re putting your mouth at numerous oral health risks. Not only are your lips and tongue at risk, but so too are your teeth. If placed incorrectly, a tongue ring can cause nerve damage and significant harm. In addition, it can lead to infections, cracked teeth, inflammation, lacerations, and even pose as choking hazards.

Avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking and using drugs. Not only can smoking immediately affect oral health including causing bad breath and stained teeth, but it can lead to severe oral impairment including tooth loss and cancer. Like smoking, using drugs will not only increase your risk for skin cancer, but it can put you at risk for numerous oral health and physical and mental health ailments.

Be sure to make time in your life to visit your dentist at Cleveland Dental Associates for dental damage repair, and if necessary, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brittany Greer for a thorough exam of your oral health. You can get ahold of our dentist office in Cleveland, Texas, by calling us at 281-592-5865.