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Assessing your oral health risks that can arise and lead to dental damage is essential to ensure your smile can continue to perform and function effectively. Some of the biggest risks of your life occur during your teen years. When you are a teen, you will be subjected to peer pressure risks and other issues associated with your mouth growing and solidifying. To take care of your teeth, keep them strong to provide decades of care in the future. After your adult teeth grow in, you won’t be getting any new ones.

Due to the importance of peer pressure in regard to teenage years, it’s often considered a key risk factor for your oral health. However, just because you are influenced by individuals telling you what to do, doesn’t mean you truly have to do it. Although various bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, using drugs, or even wearing potentially hazardous forms of lip and tongue rings are often influenced by your social settings, you can say no. Taking control of your mouth includes making sure you’re personally responsible for any decisions you make.

Another common risk factor that can easily arise during your teen years is from playing sports. The problem comes from individuals failing to wear the appropriate safety equipment. If you are not careful, you can destroy your smile.
Whenever you’re participating in contact sports, it is important to make sure that you are wearing helmets, face masks, mouth guards or any other oral appliances that can be used to help protect your teeth and gums.

If there is anything more you wish to know about teenage dentistry, contact our dental office in Brecksville, Ohio. Furthermore, you are welcome to schedule an appointment at Edward S. Brandon DDS Inc by calling us at 440-526-8688. Dr. Edward Brandon looks forward to taking your smile and your oral health care to the next level with teenage dentistry risk assessments.