Dentistry in Motion: Teenage Dentistry

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Several risks can arise to a teen’s oral health as the last of their teeth begin to grow in. During your teen years, your wisdom teeth will be the last adult teeth you ever receive. Once they are in place, you will need to make sure that your teeth are well taken care of, so they can last for several decades beyond. However, the wisdom teeth can often grow in improperly or not fully grow in at all. Beyond this, there are several other oral health risks associated with a teen’s smile.

Teens are often faced with several risks that can destroy their smile. In addition to peer pressure risks such as smoking or chewing tobacco as well as using drugs, mouth jewelry in the form of lip and tongue rings have been known to destroy many teen smiles. This is because mouth jewelry can easily damage your gums or even chip and crack your teeth. Lip and tongue rings can lead to inflammation, choking and infectious diseases such as hepatitis. In order to keep your smile safe as a teen, avoid oral health risks such as mouth jewelry.

Another common oral health risk to teens exists in the form of sports. Sports, particularly contact sports, can easily destroy your smile in seconds. This is because several forms of oral health failure can arise via blunt trauma that can not only destroy your teeth and gums but also damage your jaw. Decades of hard work can be washed away in seconds. To prevent these accidents from being serious, always wear the appropriate safety equipment.

If you require aid with your smile as it grows, you are welcome to book an appointment with Designing Smiles PSC by calling 812-246-3386. Dr. Dennis Jenkins and our entire team at our dentist office in Sellersburg, Indiana, will do our best to assist you in any way we can.