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The beginnings of adulthood give us plenty to look forward to, and our first chance to establish ourselves and our identities in today’s world. However, we mustn’t forget those all-important skills we learned as children: eating, sleeping, brushing, flossing, and washing. In addition to the hurdles we faced as youngsters, there are a few additional steps on the ladder of life that once again we must conquer, including:

Smoking

Smoking has devastating effects on a teenager’s oral health. Smoking can have immediate negative effects beyond increased risk of many cancers; such as bad breath, stained teeth and gums, as well as the lingering smell on clothing, furniture, and even nearby friends.

Mouth jewelry

Mouth jewelry can be considered stylish and popular for many reasons, yet they can also wreak havoc on your oral health. Even tongue rings can have dangerous consequences, such as oral inflammation, cracked teeth, choking, and they can even lead to infectious diseases, such as hepatitis or endocarditis.

Sports

Many teenagers are actively involved in sports, which is a leading cause of oral injury to teens. Despite its awkward appearance, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouth guard and facemasks (when applicable). Take pride in your smile and wear safety equipment.

The more you know, the better prepared you will be. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call Shiva Hogugi, DDS at 248-669-5110 to talk to a member of our team. Call us, or stop by our office in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Thank you, and have a wonderful day!