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The teen years can be trying on your smile. People often get the last of their adult teeth during their teenage years, but unfortunately, some of the teeth may not grow in suitably, or there might not be enough space left, causing overcrowding and other spacing issues. Compounding the problem, teenagers often find themselves at overwhelming odds battling peer pressure and a multitude of situations that can destroy their oral health.

Listed below are some noteworthy risks to the smiles of teenagers:

– Smoking or chewing tobacco can hurt a teenager’s mouth, and promote tooth discoloration, gum disease, and oral cancer.

– Mouth jewelry is a serious risk to the mouths of teens because they are so common, so many teens feel the need to get mouth jewelry, including lip and tongue rings. However, these products are often sharp and hard, and can easily damage your teeth and gums, resulting in infections, bleeding, inflammation, choking hazards, and infectious diseases such as endocarditis and hepatitis.

– Teens are often influenced by the allure of drugs from their peers, but most drugs can cause irreversible tooth loss and gum disease.

– Contact sports are one of the primary causes of oral injuries in teens, so always be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear.

– It is possible for wisdom teeth to grow in incorrectly and lead to a multitude of oral ailments, such as tooth decay, infection, malocclusions, and jaw pain.

If you would like to learn more about teenage oral health care tips and to book a professional cleaning with Ghina Morad, DMD, contact us at our dentist office in San Carlos, California. Our number is (650)592-6396. Dr. Ghina Morad and our entire team look forward to your visit.