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If you want a strong and healthy smile, then you need to clean and care for your teeth and gums and do everything you can to prevent oral injuries. Now, oral injuries are not 100 percent preventable because accidents happen, but our dentist, Dr. Mark L. Pitel, is happy to give you the tips you need to reduce the chances of having an oral injury. Those tips are:

-Wear a mouthguard: A mouthguard can help you avoid knocked-out and broken teeth when you participate in high-contact sports and activities. When you get hit in the face with a hard object, it can absorb the force and protect your smile. So, please wear a mouthguard when you’re active!

-Use fluoride: Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help you prevent oral injuries because it strengthens the tooth enamel. The harder and tougher the tooth enamel is, the less of a chance you have of injuring your smile. So, expose your teeth to fluoride regularly by using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash and drinking fluoridated water often!

-Avoid chewing on hard things: When you chew on things like pens, pencils, ice and your fingernails, you apply unnatural pressure to the teeth. This can then cause tooth fractures and tooth cracks. It’s best to avoid chewing on hard things altogether.

To learn more about oral injuries in Poughkeepsie, New York, please contact our dental team at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC today. All you need to do is dial 845-454-0790 and we will be more than happy to give you the answers and information you need. We’re excited to hear from you!