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Teenagers are at increased risk for oral health damage. People often get the last of their adult teeth during their teenage years, but unfortunately, some of the teeth may not grow in correctly, 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 harm their smiles.

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

– Mouth jewelry is a serious risk to the smiles 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 effortlessly damage your teeth and gums, resulting in infections, bleeding, inflammation, choking hazards, and infectious diseases such as endocarditis and hepatitis.

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

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

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

– Teens are often swayed by the allure of drugs from their peers, but most drugs can cause irreversible tooth loss and gum disease.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Molinare Dental Group, please call our dentist office in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey at 973-993-1979. Dr. Jon Molinare and the rest of our team look forward to improving your smile for many years beyond your teens!