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Protecting yourself in your teenage years shouldn’t be viewed as cowardly, but rather simple common sense. Playing dangerous games or taking unnecessary risks does not build character. Refusing to wear helmets and then losing teeth is not a heroic feat anyone should marvel at. Whispering Pines Dental would like you to consider the following activities and life events that most teenagers face, and begin building oral health safety nets to protect yourself.

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. William Robison call us at 702-384-5070 to schedule a visit to our office in Las Vegas, Nevada. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!