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Apart from microscopic bacteria and plaque buildup in your mouth, there are numerous risks to your teeth and gums that can arise throughout your life. Protect yourself from the dangers of tooth hazards in your day-to-day life. Listed below are a few hazards to be mindful of:

Unhealthy Habits

– Unhealthy habits in your lifestyle can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. Stay away from tobacco in all its forms, including smoking and chewing any tobacco product. Tobacco can discolor and stain your teeth, and can even lead to oral cancer.

Contact Sports
– Serious damage can occur if you suffer an oral accident or blunt trauma to the face or jaw area. Protect yourself by any means necessary when playing contact sports, including through the use of a mouth guard, face mask, face guards, and helmets.

Tough or Chewy Foods
– Foods that are overly tough or hard to bite into can damage your teeth. This includes substances such as corn on the cob, apples, hard candies, and ice.

Mouth Jewelry
– Mouth jewelry can seriously damage your smile in a variety of ways. It can lead to gum tissue laceration, excessive bleeding, serious infections, and chipped teeth. Furthermore, lip and tongue rings are also known choking hazard risks.

If you have suffered an oral hazard and are in need of emergency treatment by our team at St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, contact Dr. Robert Stemme and our team at our oral surgeon’s office in Chesterfield, Missouri. To schedule a visit, please call us at 314-434-0493. A better smile is your first step to a brighter, healthier lifestyle that can improve your life for many years to come.