Tooth decay may be an even bigger problem during your teen years. Unfortunately, you can never outgrow tooth decay. Gum disease may also pose a risk to your dental health and appearance. Also known as gingivitis, it is characterized by red swollen gums and bad breath.
By this time, you will have all your permanent teeth with the exception of your wisdom teeth. Your face and jaw may still be undergoing changes so it is extremely important to take good care of your teeth and visit your dentist regularly.How You Can Keep a Healthy Smile
It is now your choice to keep a bright and healthy smile for the rest of your life and do so by keeping in mind some important things:
- Eat smart! When you're in a rush, fresh fruits and vegetables trump sticky and sugary junk foods.
- Brush effectively with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss at least once a day to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
- Visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities.
- Do not smoke or chew tobacco! Aside from lung and heart problems, you pur yourself at risk of developing oral cancer. If you use tobacco and notice any changes in your mouth, contact your doctor immediately.
- Brush effectively using a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss to prevent gum disease and tooth decay on the sides of the teeth.
- Wear a mouth guard when you play sports or any activity where your mouth can be hit. You only have permanent teeth left, so it’s important you don’t lose them!
- Wear your seatbelt when in a vehicle. It prevents your body and face from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield during accidents.
Eating disorders present a health risks, some may even result in death. In addition, eating disorders associated with vomiting can damage teeth and areas around your mouth because the acid in your stomach is very corrosive. Feeling Snackish?
Be aware of which snacks you are choosing. It is important to clean them from your teeth as soon as possible even if it’s just with a swish of water. Always try to eat a balanced nutritious diet so you get all the nutrients your body needs.
During your teen years, your wisdom teeth (third molars) will be developing. These generally start erupting when you are about 18-25 years. Although some third molars come into the mouth normally, others need to be removed because of poor position and lack of space. They may cause headaches, pain in the neck, mouth or jaw or shifting of your teeth if not removed. Your dentist will make sure the proper treatment is prescribed at the right time.