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As the fall season comes into swing, many individuals will turn their attention to the sweets and treats that come with it. However, these pose as potential risks for their oral health. Even if you are past the age for trick-or-treating, numerous risks are still abound. Always remember to exercise caution with every risk to your mouth. This is especially true during the teen years.

Numerous social settings and peer pressure situations can easily damage a teen’s smile. One particular pastime that is highly hazardous to a teen’s health is via contact sports. Contact sports are responsible for numerous oral accidents and injuries that can severely hinder a person’s smile for the rest of their life. Always remember to wear the appropriate safety gear, including any helmets, mouth guards, or face masks that are available.

The rise of drugs and the use of smoking and chewing tobacco typically begin in the teen years. These activities are extremely toxic to a person’s health and their oral health. They can lead to tooth discolorations, gum disease, and even oral cancer. Teens should protect their smile by avoiding peer pressure situations that can potentially lead to an oral health disaster.

Keeping your teeth clean ensures oral health risks will not be able to harm you. For additional help, schedule a professional cleaning at James C. Ma with Dr. James C. Ma and our team at our dentist office in Bakersfield, California. You can give us a call at 661-324-9709. We look forward to seeing you smile bright this season.