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As a teen or young adult, the risks and challenges that are in your way are substantial. Not only are you at the beginning stages of adulthood, but you will also face challenges with your oral health. With all of your permanent teeth in place, you need to take steps to protect them for a lifetime of use.

One issue you may face is mouth jewelry. Although many people wear mouth jewelry as a way to express themselves, the small parts can become choking hazards, and can cause serious infections or injuries. A metal tongue stud creates a risk for cracking or chipping your teeth. Unhealthy habits can also ruin smiles. Avoid habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, and recreational drug use.

Contact sports often lead to damaged or broken teeth for teens. Always wear whatever type of protection is needed for your mouth and head. This applies to mouth guards, face masks, and helmets when appropriate. The more you do to defend your teeth, the safer they will be from damage.

Make sure to take good care of your teeth so they can serve you well for a lifetime. For more information about dentistry for teens, or to schedule an exam with our dentist, Dr. Sanjay Merchant and our team at Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, give us a call at 909-860-0321. Our office is conveniently located in Diamond Bar, California. We look forward to seeing you smile bright this season!