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Life is full of dental hazards. You can damage your smile by playing sports riding a bike or doing any number of activities. You can also break, chip or lose a tooth from a slip or fall. And many people have broken a tooth on hard, tough or sticky foods. An accident can’t always be prevented, but there are things you can do to keep your smile safe.

The best thing you can do is take care of your teeth every day. This means brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You should also eat a balanced diet and limit your intake of sugars, starches and acidic foods and drinks. It is also very important to see our dentists, Dr. Novan Nguyen and Dr. Sally Chu for your regular checkups to remove plaque and tartar and to make sure your smile is free of damage and disease. The healthier your smile is, the better it can sustain an impact.

If you enjoy any kind of sports or physical recreation, a mouth guard should be a standard piece of your equipment. A mouth guard can help protect your smile if you suffer a blow to your face or mouth. If you wear braces, a mouth guard can protect your teeth and your dental work. Although mouth guards are available in most retail stores, you should talk with your dentist about having a custom mouth guard made for your smile. A custom mouth guard provides the best possible protection. A helmet will not only protect your head but can also lessen the potential damage to your teeth and gums.

Do you have questions about safeguarding your smile? At Smile 32 in Stockton, California, we can answer those questions. To make an appointment, call 209-952-9290 today.