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Attention to oral health is so important in the teen years. It is when your oral health is significantly impacted by the choices you make and healthy choices help lead to positive oral health.

However, teens face special challenges in keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Diet is one factor. Teenagers consume more pop and other sugary liquids than other age groups, which increases risk of cavities and teeth erosion.

Continuing good habits started in childhood is the best way for you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Whether wearing braces or orthodontic appliances, you need to:

  • Brush twice and floss once per day
  • Reduce sugar Intake. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar.
  • Limit snacking
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth when you are playing sports

Overview

Eating Disorders:

Teens with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia are at high risk for tooth decay. Your dentist can treat your teeth, but if you have — or think you have — an eating disorder, talk to your physician.

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Grills and Tooth Jewels:

Grills are comprised of metalwork that fits over teeth, usually removable. Tooth jewels are glass crystals or gold, and are secured to teeth using dental composite. They remain attached for up to a year or longer.

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Oral Piercing:

As with any new trend, people rush to try it and body piercing is no exception. As more young people pierce their tongues and lips, they are also risking numerous dental problems.

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Smoking:

Eight out of 10 teens who try smoking get hooked. In regards to your oral health, smoking will: Stain your teeth and gums, Contribute to bad breath, Increase your risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease

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Wisdom Teeth:

These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21, although they can begin causing problems as early as age 13. Only your dentist can tell whether your wisdom teeth have enough space or if they should be removed.

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