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As a teen, you are often faced with several risks that can put your teeth in harm’s way. Beyond this, there’s also a lot of risks involved with peer pressure influences that constantly lead to damage to your mouth. Making sure you’re effectively caring for your teeth throughout your teen years is a crucial aspect of teenage dentistry to ensure your smile can continue to thrive for the rest of your life. Listed below are common aspects involved with teenage dentistry.

A healthy smile is a happy smile, so make sure that you focus on your smile first rather than your social settings. It is important to avoid peer pressure risks, especially as a teen, as they can destroy your smile due to the various risks associated with them. Even if your friends think something is popular and safe, don’t always believe them, as they simply may want you to do something to fit in or be like them. Try to make sure that you don’t go down to their level but rather bring them up to your level. It is important to avoid peer pressure risks such as smoking or chewing tobacco as well as using drugs, as they can severely hinder your oral health and damage your smile for the rest of your life. Among other things, these habits can lead to tooth loss and cancer.

In order to ensure your smile can function effectively as a teen, you need to avoid risks associated with playing contact sports. Although we do not suggest giving up sports in general, always make sure that you are wearing the necessary safety equipment. By wearing face masks, helmets, mouth guards and any other oral appliances, you can keep your teeth and gums safe. Furthermore, you will be much less likely to suffer severe blows to your face that would otherwise knock out your teeth and break your jaw. Even a single blow to the face can destroy your smile if you are not careful.

Do you have any additional questions or concerns about teenage dentistry? You are welcome to stop by our office. To schedule an appointment with our dentist at Lifetime Dentistry, call us at our office in Muscatine, Iowa, at 563-263-9082. Dr. Holly Krystek and our entire team want you to enjoy the season with a smile!