Coming of age often includes the coming of many more risks to our oral health. The life of a teenager can be plagued with peer pressure and risks that seek to damage their smiles in all sorts of ways. Although they are just beginning to grow into their adult teeth, it is at this time in their lives that they tend to be their most vulnerable. Our dentists at Culebra North Dental Care would like to remind everyone of the risks involved in our oral health during the teenage years:

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. Jonathan E. Quillian call us at 210-761-5452 to schedule a visit to our office in San Antonio, Texas. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!