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In order to keep your smile safe from several health risks that can arise as a teen, it is important to take the necessary steps to keep your smile safe from any potential damage that can arise. This includes establishing effective oral health care prevention plans that are common with a teen’s day to day life. Rather than receiving appropriate treatments and repairs to fix your smile, avoid unhealthy risks and habits beforehand.

Several health risks have been linked to peer pressure influences in teens. Oftentimes, it can arise by smoking and chewing tobacco or using drugs. These bad habits can stain your teeth, cause bad breath or even lead to serious problems including infection, tooth loss and cancer. Furthermore, peer pressure influences can affect your reasoning, and influence your choices in deciding whether to wear mouth jewelry or not. Mouth jewelry may seem stylish, but it can potentially cause several oral health risks. When the presence of lip and tongue rings are in your mouth, you can end up suffering from infectious diseases such as endocarditis and hepatitis. Furthermore, the pieces can break off and become choking hazards. If that wasn’t enough, you can cause permanent nerve damage, lacerations and chipped and cracked teeth

Another common risk factor in a person’s life is linked to issues with contact sports, as contact sports are known to cause various forms of dental damage due to high risks and immediately blunt trauma. To help keep your smile safe from the litany of risks involved with contact sports, always make sure you are wearing safety gear. Helmets, face masks and mouth guards are all highly effective at protecting your smile.

Are there any remaining questions you have about teenage dentistry? To improve your smile with teenage dentistry care, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Leonard Brenner and our team at Brenner Dental of Park Slope look forward to making your smile shine soon! To contact us, please call our dental office at 718-638-6607.