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As a man, there are certain things you need to worry about each day to keep your life in tip-top shape. However, you might not know that your smile should be one of those things. Sadly, there are a few smile-harming risks that can put your teeth and gums in grave danger. To help you prevent and fight these things, our Paul R. Stanovick, DDS dental team has some tips and information for you.

Unfortunately, medications have side effects that can cause dry mouth, which is a common dental issue that can cause severe dental problems, like tooth decay. If you don’t produce enough saliva on a regular basis, the bacteria in your mouth will not be washed away and it can attack your teeth and gums. So, if you suffer from dry mouth, please remember to chew sugar-free gum regularly, avoid drinking alcohol, use alcohol-free mouthwash, avoid smoking, and sip on water throughout the day.

Tobacco is another substance that can destroy your oral health. This is because it can promote and cause oral cancer and gum disease. If you do happen to use tobacco products and you can’t find a way to quit the habit, the best thing you can do for your smile and oral health is to visit your dentist every six months so you can keep your teeth and oral tissues as healthy as possible.

The last thing that can harm your smile is playing sports without the protection of a mouthguard. No matter which sport you play, there is a chance that the ball, a player, or a hard object can hit your mouth and result in oral injury, such as chipped, broken, or knocked-out teeth. So, the best way you can protect your smile is by wearing a mouthguard while you are active.

Call our office today at 804-781-1919 if you have any questions about how to maintain a top-notch smile and oral health in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick are always happy to help you with all of your oral health needs!