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Due to the continual concerns involved with dental damage, it is important to make sure you are always protecting your smile at every chance possible. The more you do to protect your teeth and gums from outside influence, the better chance your smile has for thriving for the rest of your life. Be aware that the habits and products you consume, as they can easily ruin your smile if you’re not careful.

One of the most common forms of dental damage arising is due to wisdom teeth eruption. When your wisdom teeth grow in as a teen, they will be the last set of adult teeth you will ever receive. However, numerous oral health risks can be associated with their presence as they may not fully grow in correctly or they can easily alter a person’s smile. This is because they can place additional pressure on other teeth and change the rotation of your entire jawline. Further risks include tooth decay, infections, and crossbites.

Oral appliances in the form of mouthguards and facemasks can be extremely beneficial for protecting your smile at times of high-risk. This is especially true when playing contact sports or any other situations in which strikes to the face can potentially occur. Even a single oral accident or injury can severely hinder your oral health and lead to a need for restorations and repair. Thus, always wear the proper safety gear.

Protecting your smile often depends on minimizing risks associated with lifestyle choices. If you are wearing any mouth jewelry in the form of lip or tongue rings, it is important to be aware of the risks that they include. Not only can they pose significant choking hazards, but they can lead to oral inflammation, cracked or chipped teeth, or infections. Furthermore, using products such as tobacco or drugs can severely hinder your oral health and lead to cancers and tooth loss.

Never give up on your smile or your oral health care until you have visited with our dentist and learned more about dental damage prevention treatments. To book an appointment with St. Marys Dental Center, by contacting us at our dentist office in St Marys, Kansas. Our number is 785-437-2771. Dr. Jay W Hildreth and our entire team look forward to your visit.