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Unfortunately, there are many things that can attack and harm your manly smile. This is why our Riverside Dental dental team strongly encourages you to do all you can to keep your teeth, gums, and entire mouth in the best condition possible. To help you do so, our dental team would like to teach you all about those threats and what you can do to fight or prevent them.

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 your dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and checkup so you can maintain strong and healthy teeth and gums.

The last thing that can harm your smile is playing sports without the protection of a mouthguard. No matter which sport you play, there is a chance that the ball, a player, or a hard object can hit your mouth and result in oral injuries, such as chipped, broken, or knocked-out teeth. So, the best way you can protect your smile is by wearing a mouthguard while you are active.

To learn more about how to maintain a strong and healthy manly smile in Jacksonville, Florida, please remember that you can always call our office and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists if you have any concerns for your smile or oral health. Dr. Michael D. Spencer and Dr. Moshea are always happy to help you!