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As a teenager, you are often confronted with life changing decisions that will help push you into adulthood and towards the person you wish to be. The same can be derived about your oral health. As your adult teeth begin to take hold in your mouth, the oral health decisions you make can influence your smile forever.

In order to ensure your smile lasts as long as you do, you must take additional care of your teeth during your teenage years. Compounding normal oral health issues during the teen years is the prevalence of peer pressure and its effect on your health. Stay away from common peer pressure traps such as wearing mouth jewelry, which can seriously damage your teeth and gums. Also, avoid using drugs or smoking or chewing tobacco, as they can all have serious consequences on your oral and overall health.

Contact sports continue to be a key contributor to oral accidents among teens. Make sure to protect your smile by wearing the appropriate safety gear and equipment, including mouth guards, face masks, and headgear. Even though the allure of participating in high-risk sports such as skateboarding without a mouth guard may seem like the neat thing to do, it may end up costing you a few of your teeth, so stay safe with safety gear.

If you would like to schedule an oral examination at Tyjuan Williams DMD, simply call our dentist office in Augusta, Georgia, at our number 706-868-4200. Dr. Tyjuan Williams and our entire team await. We look forward to hearing from you soon!