As a teen you are experiencing many issues that are specific to your age and stage of life. From peer pressure to the challenges of high school and body changes to dating, everything going on makes it hard to pay attention to your health and teeth. It important to keep in mind when it comes to your dental health there are some specific issues that will affect you as a teen.
Your wisdom teeth
Your wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They most commonly appear in your late teens and even into your early 20’s. It is not uncommon for your wisdom teeth to not have enough space to emerge which can lead to impacted wisdom teeth. When impacted, your wisdom teeth can damage nearby teeth and can even cause infection. When this happens you will require special care. It is important to take note if you feel pain in your jaw or gums or are having trouble opening your mouth. You may also experience bad breath or an awful taste in your mouth. Pain chewing or biting is another sign that means you may have wisdom teeth issues. If you have any of these issues speak to your parents so they can arrange for you to see your dentist.
Your appearance and socializing
You might be interested in keeping your self looking your best and this can sometimes lead to whitening your teeth. However, before you spend your money on a kit at the drug store it is better to speak to your dentist about your options. There are issues that can arise such as tooth sensitivity which can be quite uncomfortable. As well your parents might have a dental plan that covers a dental tooth whitening which will lessen the chances of sensitivity and have far better results. You might be worried about bad breath and keeping good oral hygiene habits will help keep your breath fresh. A big culprit for bad breath and staining teeth is smoking. Don’t let peer pressure talk you into doing something that is bad for your health and your looks!
If you are considering a tongue piercing keep in mind they can crack or chip teeth. In fact your front gums are more likely to recede for those with tongue piercings. You don’t want receding gums as this can lead to decay and even loosen teeth which can lead to tooth loss. If you must have a tongue piercing, choose acrylic balls or barbells over metal as they are the least damaging.
Dr. Corinne Contant at Lakeside Dental is the Stoney Creek dentist happy to discuss teen dental issues. Speak to your parents about setting up your initial dental appointment today at 905-664-0808. New patients are always welcome.
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