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If you are a teenager, the last of your wisdom teeth will begin to show up. With all your teeth in place, your completed smile will finally take hold. However, with such a promising life ahead of you, it’s important to take as much care as you can with your permanent teeth, as they are going to need to last you for the rest of your life.

The biggest threat to your oral health as a teen comes in the form of social pressures and vices. Products such as mouth jewelry, tobacco, and drugs can all have a devastating effect on your oral health. Although mouth jewelry may seem extremely cool and chic to a young adult, they can chip or crack your teeth easily and are prone to infections. The effects of smoking and chewing tobacco are well known, including everything from gum disease to cancer. Recreational drugs can also increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, and lead to eventual tooth loss.

Other large factors that can put a teen’s teeth at risk are physical activities including contact sports. If you are involved in a contact sport or event that can potentially damage your teeth and jaw, always wear safety gear and equipment, including a mouth guard, face mask, or helmet.

Protect your teeth as a teen so they can continue to give you the smile you desire for many years to come. If you would like to schedule a professional cleaning at Dr. Brian Scaff or would like a comprehensive oral exam from Dr. Brian Scaff and our team at our dentist office in Austin, Texas, please give us a call at 512-792-2688. Come in and achieve your whiter, brighter smile today.