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As you age, 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 right safety gear and equipment.
– If you are considering getting an oral piercing, first weigh the risks this facial jewelry can create. The jewelry can cause chips and cracks in your teeth. Jewelry that enters 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, but you can stay strong and avoid them. In addition to messing with your physical and emotional health, they can damage your gums and teeth.
– Most people have their wisdom teeth, which are also called third molars, grow in when they are teenagers. Wisdom teeth are infamous for growing in incorrectly and becoming impacted. Ask our pediatric dentists if your wisdom teeth might need to be removed to protect your smile.

To set up an appointment for a checkup with Dr. Bailey, Dr. Reimschissel, and our expert team at West Valley Pediatric Dentistry, call our pediatric dentist office in Taylorsville, Utah at 801-417-8080. We’re here to protect and beautify your teeth.