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For many teenagers, a person’s smile is the first thing they see. The teenage years are also some of the most important years when it comes to caring for your smile too. Many teens develop their first cavity before they get their first vehicle. The team here at Snowy River Dental offers you the following measures to use to help make sure your smile last well past your teen years, and follow you boldly and proudly for the rest of your life. A few things to keep in mind:

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.

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.

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.

For more great ideas to keep your excellent smile lasting as long as you do, please call Snowy River Dental at 208-788-2006 to talk to a member of our team. Call us, or stop by our office in Bellevue, Idaho, and let us help you in your teen years and beyond.