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A safe smile is a healthy smile. As long as we continue to protect our teeth and gums from internal and external dangers, the greater the likelihood our mouth will be healthy. The life of a teenager, coupled with additional pressures from peers and social settings, make early adulthood an extremely trying time to keep your teeth safe. Our dentists at Blue Ridge Dentistry remind you to be alert of various activities and life events that could pose a problem to your oral health.

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 include: 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 Drs. Taylor, Gordon, and Gordon, call us at 828-264-3333 to schedule a visit to our office in Boone, North Carolina. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!