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Don't let summer fun damage your dental health
Updated: 7/25/2012 6:00:01 PM


Summer is a time when many people go biking, swimming or play a game of basketball or baseball. While these are all fun ways to get some exercise, they pose a potential threat to dental health. Recently, The California Dental Association (CDA) provided tips on how to keep the teeth safe while participating in summer sports and indulging at barbecues.

OrthodonticProductsOnline.com published the tips on their website, which focus on the importance of wearing a mouthguard when playing sports and avoidng summer treats that can leave a person with cracked teeth.

"These injuries are often painful but can be easily prevented by wearing a mouth guard," said Lindsey Robinson, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist and president-elect of the CDA. "To avoid other oral injuries, like a cracked tooth, refrain from chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy."

Kimberly Patterson, D.D.S., M.S., assistant professor at Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine recommends that people wear goggles while swimming to protect their dental health. That may sound strange, but according to the dentist, when individuals swim with their eyes closed they may run into the sides of the pool and cause fracture lines in the tooth. 

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