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Softball season is just beginning, and you’re probably thinking of ways to improve your swing, your quickness on defense and more. As you’re thinking about these things, our dentist, Dr. Mark DeWitt, also encourages you to think about your smile. It’s important to do all you can to maintain healthy teeth and gums this season. To do so, our dentist encourages you to avoid softball behaviors that affect the smile. Those behaviors are:

-Drinking sports drinks: Instead of drinking sports drinks, drink water. This is recommended because sports drinks are loaded with sugar. When you consume them, you promote cavities.

-Using tobacco: Tobacco is a major enemy of the smile. It can cause cavities, bad breath, gum disease, oral cancer and other dental and health problems. Please avoid using tobacco altogether.

-Chewing tooth-harming products: Some tooth-harming products include sugary gum and sunflower seeds. This is because sugary gum can promote cavities and sunflower seeds can crack the tooth enamel. It’s better to chew sugar-free gum and shell-less seeds.

To learn more about how to have a healthy smile during baseball season in Lansing, Michigan, please reach out to our office today at 517-323-7926. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions, so please feel free to contact us. We look forward to helping you!