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Oftentimes, men don’t feel like they need to take good care of their smiles. If you could be considered as one of these people, our Crossroads Dental team is here to tell you that you are extremely off base. Your smile is very vulnerable to the many dental issues in the world today; in fact, men are more likely to suffer from gum disease than women, according to the American Dental Association. Men are also likely to suffer from dental issues because of:

Medications
Medicine tends to affect the smile by causing dry mouth. This is a major problem because if you have dry mouth, you don’t have enough saliva to constantly wash your teeth throughout the day. This can cause tooth decay and other dental problems. So, if you have dry mouth, please do your best to chew sugarless gum, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, and use alcohol-free mouthwash daily.

Tobacco use
Tobacco is a dangerous substance that can cause oral cancer and gum disease. If you use tobacco products, the best thing you can do for your smile and oral health is to quit the habit. We also strongly recommend visiting your dentist every six months so you can keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Playing sports
Oral injuries are common while playing sports, which is why it’s important to protect your teeth and jaw with a mouthguard. If you wear a guard while you are active, your smile will be protected from the hard, forceful objects that hit it and you won’t experience tooth loss, tooth fractures, or jaw misalignments.

If you would like to know more about the best ways to care for your male smile in Waterloo, Iowa, please call 319.291.3908 and talk to a member of our helpful dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Carol Halloran, if you’re due for a dental cleaning and exam. We are happy to help you!