Your teeth are more important that what others think of you. Especially if you are a teen, you may be tempted to do things that could put your oral health at risk. To protect yourself, you do not have to hide in a bubble hidden from the dangers of the world, but rather build a plan to ensure your oral health is protected and safe. Robinson Wolfgramm Dental has put together a list of common activities and obstacles to be on the lookout for as you ascend into adulthood.
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 Drs. Robinson, Robinson, and Wolfgramm, call us at 801-373-2060 to schedule a visit to our office in Provo, Utah. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!