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If you are just beginning your rise in the world and into early adulthood, take heed of any activity or setting that could present a risk to your oral health. Although brushing twice daily and flossing once daily are important for your oral health, there are many external forces that seek to damage your teeth in other ways. To avoid oral injuries and accidents, protect yourself from any unnecessary risks. Ventana Family Dentistry would like to offer a few tips to keep your smile bright throughout your teens.

Contact sports and high adrenaline activities are extremely popular among teens. Although these activities can be rewarding and teach many life lessons, it is important to always ensure proper safety gear is worn to protect your teeth. This can include mouth guards, helmets, and facemasks.

Teenagers are most at risk for issues with their wisdom teeth because the teenage years are typically the years when they grow in. If they do not fully grow in properly or if they place additional pressure on surrounding teeth, they may need to be removed.

Although mouth jewelry may be worn by teenagers to be more acceptable and cool to their friends, metal jewelry in the mouth is often a recipe for disaster. These objects can cut gums or chip and crack teeth. Additional risks include infectious diseases such as hepatitis or endocarditis, or in some cases, the jewelry may be a choking hazard.

Some additional risks for tooth decay and gum disease includes: sugary drinks and foods, smoking or chewing tobacco, and recreational drugs. If you would like additional information on how to protect the teeth and gums of a teen, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig Thompson call us at 623-566-1200 to schedule a visit to our office in Peoria, Arizona. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!