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With the vast array of responsibilities that teenagers are overloaded with in their young age, it is easy to see how their oral health care can get pushed to the back. Unfortunately, it also happens to be one of the most important times for the development of teeth. During our teenage years is when the final permanent teeth, the wisdom teeth, break above the gum line. If their oral health habits fail them early on, it can potentially lead them down a negative path to dental failure that could plague them for the rest of their life. Listed below are important facts pertaining to teenage dentistry to be aware of:

– Contact sports are one of the biggest risk factors for oral injuries in teens. If you are participating in a contact sport or event, always be sure to wear the appropriate safety equipment.
– Teens are often tempted by the promise of popularity through the use of drugs from their peers. However, many drugs can lead to severe oral health disorders including irreversible tooth loss and gum disease.
– It is possible for wisdom teeth to grow in improperly and lead to a variety of oral ailments, including infections, malocclusions, tooth decay, and jaw pain.
– Smoking or chewing tobacco can seriously harm a teenager’s smile, including disorders such as tooth discoloration, gum disease, and oral cancer.
– Mouth jewelry is a serious risk to healthy smiles. Mouth jewelry object are often sharp and hard, and can easily harm your teeth and gums. They can lead to infections, bleeding, inflammation and can be choking hazards. They have also been associated with infectious diseases such as endocarditis and hepatitis.

If you are interested in learning more about teenage dentistry, we are here to assist you. For a complete diagnosis and treatment, please contact Arthur Kremer DDS to book an appointment with Dr. Arthur Kremer and our team at our dentist office in Herscher, Illinois. Call us at 815-426-2611. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!