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Are you making the right oral health care decisions during your teen years? People often get the last of their adult teeth during their teenage years, but unfortunately, some of the teeth may not grow in appropriately, or there might not be enough space left, causing overcrowding and other spacing issues. Compounding the issue, teenagers often find themselves at overwhelming odds battling peer pressure and a multitude of situations that can destroy their smiles.

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

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

– Mouth jewelry is a serious risk to the mouths of teens because they are so widespread, so many teens feel the need to get mouth jewelry, including lip and tongue rings. However, the materials 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 persuaded by the allure of drugs from their peers, but most drugs can cause irreversible tooth loss and gum disease.

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

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

To learn more about combating oral health risks as a teenager, contact Moore Dental Services at (859) 525-0507. Come visit Dr. Brian A. Moore and our team at our dentist office in Florence, Kentucky by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. Let us help you find your healthy smile.