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The teenage years are when the last of the permanent teeth–the wisdom teeth–grow in. It is a number of social risks are introduced into your life. This makes it very important to take care of your oral health during this time.

Honestly, wisdom teeth often struggle to effectively do their job correctly. They are designed for chewing, they often grow in improperly (for a variety of reasons). This leads to a plethora of opportunities for bad bites, including the possibility of overcrowding your other teeth. Another common issue is that the teeth don’t actually erupt from the gumline–this increases your risk for decay and infection. It is very important to schedule regular checkups with your dentist to ensure your teeth are growing in as expected. If they aren’t, Dr. Donald Roman can help you decide how best to proceed.

As a teenager, social status can sometimes feel all-important. Negative peer pressure can lead to a variety of harmful oral health habits. These include universally harmful decisions such as choosing to use drugs, smoking, or chewing tobacco or tobacco products. It can also be something more spontaneous, like playing contact sports without the proper safety equipment. Even wearing mouth jewelry, such lip and tongue rings, can easily chip and crack teeth.

For more information, call Roman Dental Arts in Hackensack, New Jersey, at 201-843-0440. Dr. Donald Roman and our team are happy to help!