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Being a teenager can be quite dangerous for your teeth and gums. Whether it comes from trying dangerous drugs that can destroy our mouths, attempting daredevil-type maneuvers in public, or simply playing on the local sports team, peer pressure can oftentimes cause us to neglect our safety and put our own safety at risk in the attempt to impress others. If you happen to find yourself in a similar situation, having a game plan to protect yourself is always important.

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. Samuel Richey call us at 801-871-3499 to schedule a visit to our office in Riverton, Utah. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!