The Steps to Building a Better Smile: Teenage Dentistry

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Caring for your smile as a teen is essential to ensure your teeth will be able to function throughout the rest of your adult life. Even a simple oral accident or injury due to a mistake made as a teen can severely hinder your oral health for the rest of your life. Thus, it is important to always exercise caution with all aspects of your teen years in regard to your oral health.

Be aware that participating in sports, especially contact sports, can directly lead to oral accidents and injuries to a teen’s smile. If you are involved in any high-risk activities such as sports, always be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear, such as mouth guards, face masks, and helmets.

Other possible risks that teens should watch out for include issues associated with smoking and using drugs, both of which can severely damage their smile. In addition, if you wear mouth jewelry, it is crucial to remember that it can wreak havoc on a person’s smile. Lip and tongue rings can cause nerve damage, oral inflammation, choking, infectious diseases, and even chipped and cracked teeth.

If you require further treatment for your dental care, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey and our team at Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS will help you with your oral health care. If you would like to book an appointment with our dentist office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please call us at 734.668.6612.