The difficulties of being a teen are well-documented. People often get the last of their adult teeth during their teenage years, but unfortunately, some of the teeth may not grow in accurately, 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 damage their smiles.
Listed below are some striking risks to the smiles of teenagers:
– Contact sports are one of the chief 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 host 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 readily available, so many teens feel the need to get mouth jewelry, including lip and tongue rings. However, these substances 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 tempted by the appeal of drugs from their peers, but most drugs can cause irreversible tooth loss and gum disease.
– Smoking or chewing tobacco can destroy a teenager’s teeth and gums, and promote tooth discoloration, gum disease, and oral cancer.
To discuss your oral health care options with Dr. Ramin Moradi and the rest of our team at San Tomas Signature Smiles, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Campbell, California. Our number is 408-378-2890 , and we look forward to making your smile shine soon!