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Did you know that being a teen is dangerous for 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 properly, or there might not be enough space left, causing overcrowding and other spacing malfunctions. Compounding the problem, teenagers often find themselves at overwhelming odds battling peer pressure and a horde of situations that can destroy their smiles.

Listed below are some oral health threats to the smiles of teenagers:

– Teens are repeatedly tempted 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 biggest mechanisms of oral injuries in teens, so always be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear.

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

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

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

No matter the dental enhancement you desire, Dr. Jeffrey Morrison and our team at Mountain Crest Dental Care is here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Orem, Utah, please contact us at 801-734-9710 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to improving your smile!