Avoid Baseball's Bad Habits and Hit a Home Run with your Oral Health

Posted on April 4, 2015 in General oral health

Softball playerFrom chewing tobacco to sunflower seeds, some bad oral health habits can be found 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 oral 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 sunflower seeds with the outer shell 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 seeds without the husk instead.

Another bad habit that occurs in baseball and other sports is failing to protect your mouth with a mouthguard. Using a mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth, jaw injuries, and cuts on the lips and tongue.4 From tee ball to the Major League, all baseball players should use a mouthguard.

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