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Are you a man with a manly smile? If so, your smile may be harmed by some of the habits and conditions in your life, harming your teeth and gums and altering your oral health. This is why it’s important to do all you can to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Truthfully, there are a few oral health risks you might face each day. Let’s take a look!

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 products can also damage and destroy your oral health. This is because they can create gum disease and oral cancer. These two dental issues are severely serious and dangerous because they can result in tooth loss and death if they are not prevented or treated in a timely manner. So, the best thing you can do for your overall health is to avoid using tobacco products altogether. It’s also best to visit Dr. Kate Steele twice a year for a routine cleaning and checkup so you can maintain strong and healthy teeth and gums.

Participating in contact sports without wearing a mouthguard is another thing that can threaten your teeth, gums, and entire mouth. This is because oral injuries are common while playing sports. If you wear a mouthguard while you are active, your smile can be protected from the hard, forceful objects that hit it. This will reduce your chances of suffering tooth loss, tooth fractures, or jaw misalignments.

If you have any questions about how to maintain your smile in Denver, Colorado, please call Steele Dentistry at 303-278-3353 for answers or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. Dr. Kate Steele, Dr. Lisa Schaffer, and Dr. Jay Randell are here to help you have a healthy, confident smile!