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Although many individuals look at sports as a healthy activity, you do have to be aware that a certain level of safety will need to be taken. Several times a year, individuals visit our office due to accidents associated with sports. If you suffer a single strike to the face, it could potentially knock out several teeth and break your jaw. Even high-risk activities similar to sports are known to produce the same damage. However, there are ways you can minimize damage, including the use of safety gear. Always wear the appropriate safety gear whenever possible, such as mouthguards and face masks.

Another common risk that strikes individuals is due to the use of mouth jewelry. Although it appears stylish and can often provide a boost to your self-esteem and a more positive self-image, you should be aware of the risks that come with them. Not only can they cause immediate oral health problems such as burst blood vessels or nerve damage when they’re inserted, but they can even lead to infections, oral inflammation, chipped and cracked teeth, and pose as choking hazards.

Other unhealthy habits and products in your life that can damage your teeth and gums include smoking or chewing tobacco as well as using drugs. These products will stain and discolor your teeth, cause bad breath, and can often lead to infections, tooth loss and various forms of cancer.

Do you have any additional questions or concerns about dental damage risks in your life? To schedule an appointment with your dentist at Dentistry For Today, call us at our dental office in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky at 502-839-6828. Dr. Robin Cropper and our entire team wants to help improve your smile and oral health for a lifetime’s worth of protection and satisfaction. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you.