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The teenage years are often a time for high stress and anxiety amongst teens and their parents alike. It is often the age at which teens begin to rebel against authority, and take risks that promote their own independence. Everyday activities and life events can put a teenager’s oral health at risk for accidents or injury. In an effort to improve oral health care during the teenage years, Roman Dental Arts presents the following risks to be mindful of when enjoying your early 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 Dr. Donald Roman call us at 201-843-0440 to schedule a visit to our office in Hackensack, New Jersey. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!