Because summer is in full swing and we want your summer baseball players to be safe, it’s important to know what baseball habits are good and bad for your teeth. Whether you love to watch baseball, or you watch your kiddo swing with all his might, there are plenty of habits both fans and players create, and many of them aren’t so good for your teeth.
3 Strikes Against Your Teeth and You Could Be Out (of teeth)!
Although your high school baseball player may not be chewing tobacco, college players may very well be doing just that. Did you know that back in the 1950s, chewing tobacco “had no harm” on baseball players? Players began to chew tobacco to keep their mouths moist, and then use the extra saliva they created by chewing to spit into their gloves. Although this seemed like a great idea at the time, there are many downfalls to chewing tobacco.
Dentists everywhere all agree that the pros of chewing tobacco during baseball are outweighed by the cons. Science has shown that just like cigarettes, chewing tobacco is linked to bad breath, gum disease, stained teeth, root decay and oral cancer. In fact, two of the most popular Major League Baseball players, Babe Ruth and Bill Tuttle, both died from oral cancer. What was to blame? Chewing tobacco.
Strike Out Chewing Tobacco, It’s Dentist’s Orders!
In order to keep your baseball player’s oral health under control, it’s crucial to make sure they stay away from chewing tobacco; it’s the dentist’s orders! A great replacement is sugar-free gum. To learn more about tobacco and it’s oral health effects, stay tuned for our following blog post: Chewing Tobacco & Oral Health.