Life as a teenager can be difficult. The big game Prom. Social pressure. Wisdom teeth. All of these come with their own stresses. Though we can’t help you win the big game or find a date to prom, we can give you some information about your teeth that will help you through this time in your life.
Social pressures can be intense at this point in your life. Unfortunately, peer pressure can lead to some ruinous oral health habits. These include choosing to use drugs, smoking, chewing tobacco or tobacco products, playing contact sports without the proper safety equipment, and wearing dangerous mouth jewelry (like lip and tongue rings) that could easily chip and crack teeth.
Wisdom teeth are designed for chewing, though they often grow in the wrong direction. This can lead to a variety of bad bites, including crowding other teeth. Sometimes the wisdom teeth do not fully break the gumline. This increases your risk of tooth decay and infection.
Schedule and attend regular check-ups with your dentist to make sure your teeth are growing as expected. If they aren’t, your dentist can help you decide which route to take to correct the problem.