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As you grow older, your teeth will start to form their permanent positions. You may find yourself in braces to straighten out a misaligned bite. In the meantime, you might be around peers that pressure you to look your best and you may feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, there are always remedies and treatments available. Here are some tips for tackling oral health issues you may face:

– If you play contact sports or are involved in similar high-risk activities, please remember to use the proper oral safety gear and equipment.
– Our pediatric dentist and team advise against oral piercings because of the risks they create. The jewelry can chip and crack your teeth. Any rings that enter the skin can also lead to infections and disease. Shards of jewelry can even break off and become choking hazards.
-Cigarettes, marijuana, and other drugs are common in some teenage circles. We urge you to avoid them. In addition to messing with your physical and emotional health, cigarettes and marijuana can destroy your teeth and gums.
– When you are in your teens, your back molars, or your wisdom teeth, will likely grow in. Wisdom teeth often growing in incorrectly and becoming impacted or causing crowding. Ask our dentist if your wisdom teeth might need to be taken out to protect your smile.

If you would like to set up a checkup with Dr. Duane C. Clouse and our expert dental team at Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, PC, you can call our pediatric dentist office in Maricopa, Arizona, at 520-316-6111. We look forward to aiding you and your smile.