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Did you know that your oral health care often hinges on the decision you make early in life? In fact, as a teen we get the last of our adult teeth. Unfortunately, some teeth may not grow in properly, or there might not be enough space. Furthermore, with your wisdom teeth growing in, teens are at an increased risk for misalignment issues, infections, and tooth decay.

Another key oral health hazard to a teen’s smile comes in the form of contact sports. Even though sports are a fun pastime for many children, teens, and adults alike, they can result in oral accidents and injuries if you are not properly equipped. Make sure to wear the appropriate mouthguards, headgear, or helmets when needed. Even if it might not look cool wearing bulky safety gear at times, having a full set of teeth for the rest of your life is well worth the small amount of stigma that clunky helmets and face guards may bring.

Another massive threat to a teen’s mouth comes in the form of their social undertakings, often in the form of peer pressures. Peer pressure can convince a person, usually teenagers, into making all the wrong decisions. This why so many bad habits crop up as a teen, many of which are highly toxic to their oral health. This includes drug use, mouth jewelry, smoking and chewing tobacco, and taking dangerous risks without exercising caution.

Protect your smile as a teen so it can last you for a lifetime. If you are in need of a professional cleaning, Dr. Brett Riche and our team at The Dental Studio on 30th are here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Farmington, New Mexico, please contact us at 505.592.0477 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to upgrading your smile!