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Why are teens more likely to suffer dental damage? People often get the last of their adult teeth during their teenage years, but unfortunately, some of the teeth may not grow in properly, or there might not be enough space left, causing overcrowding and other spacing irregularities. Compounding the problem, teenagers often find themselves at overwhelming odds battling peer pressure and a multitude of circumstances that can destroy their smiles.

Listed below are some oral health risks to the oral health of teenagers:

– Teens are often tempted by the attraction of drugs from their peers, but most drugs can cause irreversible tooth loss and gum disease.

– It is possible for wisdom teeth to grow in improperly and lead to a variety of oral ailments, such as tooth decay, infection, malocclusions, and jaw pain.

– Contact sports are one of the biggest causes of oral injuries in teens, so always be sure to wear suitable safety gear.

– Mouth jewelry is a potential risk to the mouths of teens because they are so popular, so many teens feel the need to get mouth jewelry, including lip and tongue rings. However, these objects are often sharp and hard, and can easily mutilate your teeth and gums, resulting in infections, bleeding, inflammation, choking hazards, and infectious diseases such as endocarditis and hepatitis.

– Smoking or chewing tobacco can destroy a teenager’s mouth, and lead to tooth discoloration, gum disease, and oral cancer.

If you are in need of an oral health care treatment from our team at Gary H. Morikawa, DDS Inc at our dentist office in Honolulu, Hawaii, please contact us at 808-949-8866 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary H Morikawa. The path to a healthy teenage smile starts today!