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Set up your teen smile for summer success with optimum oral health care. As you progress through the teenage years, you may be faced with a multitude of peer pressure situations that seek to destroy your smile. The first step to traversing the teenage years successfully begins with making the right oral health care decisions, which includes wading your way through these tricky oral health hazards:

– A growing trend in teens is the addition of mouth jewelry, including lip and tongue rings, all of which can increase your risk for infection and disease, and they can chip and crack teeth and become choking hazards.
– Oral accidents usually occur in contact sports, so always wear the appropriate safety equipment.
– Bad habits, such as smoking and chewing tobacco and using recreational drugs, begin to spring up during the teenage years, which can have debilitating effects on your oral health.
– The last of your wisdom teeth grow in during your teenage years and can easily grow in incorrectly and cause many oral health problems, so be prepared to put extra focus on the last of your permanent set.

For more information about caring for your teeth as a teen, schedule an oral exam with Dr. Paul L. Evans and our team at Paul L. Evans, DDS, by giving us a call at 530.273.4442. Our dentist office is conveniently located in Grass Valley, California. We look forward to hearing from you soon!