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As if there weren’t enough things to worry about as a teen, the likelihood of damage to your incoming permanent teeth is an added risk. Not only is a teen’s life seemingly hinging on the foundation of social success, but your smile tends to be a key factor in the make-or-break world of young adults. Bad oral hygiene could mean a failure to secure your place within the social circles of success. To avoid taking any unnecessary risks, following these guidelines to ensure your smile with survive the anxiety and stress that teenage life can bring:

– Oral accidents typically reach their peak in the teenage years, as many individuals are involved with high-risk adrenaline activities including contact sports. Always be sure to wear appropriate safety equipment to protect your teeth and gums at all costs.
– Mouth jewelry should be avoided, as it can be a choking hazard, chip and crack teeth, or cause serious bleeding or infections.
– The last of your adult teeth will erupt above your gum line, adding to your already list of oral health risks including infection, increased risk for tooth decay, and possible misalignments and malocclusions.
– Avoid all bad habits that can and will destroy your mouth. This includes peer pressure habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco or taking drugs. Avoid the allure of being cool and fitting in with people who dare to try dangerous activities. Protect your smile first, and your true friends will follow.

For an oral examination at Ortho*Dental, Inc. in our dentist office in Gallup, New Mexico, please book an appointment with our team by calling (505) 863-8100. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!