When A Vice Isn’t So Nice For Oral Health

From chewing tobacco to sunflower seeds, some bad oral health habits can be witnessed on the baseball diamond.

While the popularity of chewing tobacco has decreased in baseball over the years,1 it still causes major league oral health problems such as root decay, leathery white patches inside your cheek, red sores, and even mouth cancer. These issues are often irreversible, and oral cancer is among the toughest cancers to treat. Chewing tobacco is also expensive and addictive.2 Kick your tobacco habit and try chewing sugar-free gum instead.

Most people are aware of the damage chewing tobacco can do, but unshelled sunflower seeds can also cause harm. Cracking seeds with your teeth puts undue stress on a tooth, which can cause it to fracture.3 Can’t pass up this salty snack? Try unshelled seeds instead.

One good habit to add for tee ball players to those in the Major Leagues is a mouthguard. Using a mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth, jaw injuries, and cuts on the lips and tongue.4

Whether you’re an all-star or simply an avid baseball fan, it’s time to quit bad habits. Chat with your dentist for more helpful tips and help quitting these negative oral health habits.

1 http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24597614/mlb-tried-to-ban-smokeless-tobacco-but-players-union-balked
2 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD48
3 http://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/5-bad-dental-habits
4 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21533


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