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The life of a teen comes with numerous choices that a person must make. Unfortunately, the waters can become muddied due to numerous pressures and distractions from all around. If you’re not careful, you may end up making a few mistakes based on peer pressure or other similar influences. In addition, a teen’s oral health is often extremely vulnerable at this age. Common risks include the following:

– Exercise caution as the last of your wisdom teeth grows in, due to the fact they can potentially increase the risk for tooth decay, infections, and potential malocclusions.
– Avoid wearing mouth jewelry such as lip and tongue rings, as they can greatly increase your risk for numerous oral health ailments including inflammation, lacerated gums, chipped or cracked teeth, choking hazards, and infectious diseases.
– Avoid unhealthy products such as smoking or chewing tobacco as they can greatly influence a teen’s oral health and have immediate adverse consequences such as bad breath, stained teeth, and smelly clothing. In addition, they can cause future oral ailments such as cancer and tooth loss.
– Drugs are known temptations for teens and pose as highly dangerous peer pressure vices that can severely handicap an individual’s oral health.
– Sports are a known cause of numerous oral accidents and injuries and frequently lead to dental damage in teens. If you are involved in any contact sports or other similar activities, it is always important to wear the appropriate safety equipment, including mouth guards and face masks.

Don’t wait for a teenage dentistry treatment. If you would like to know if you require additional oral health care, please schedule an oral exam with Dr. Nicole Holmes and our team at Holmes Dental at our dentist office in Fort Collins, Colorado, by calling us at 970-221-2499.