After figuring out what the secrets of a child’s good oral care are, it’s time to talk about a bit older generation - teens. It’s even more important for them to have a perfect shiny smile than any of the adults as it’s one of the school popularity guarantees.
But there’s a big amount of other things teens find more important than oral hygiene nowadays. And unfortunately, not all of those habits are healthy. Teens do lots of stuff to act cool that damages their oral and overall health. That’s why we’ve decided to make a list of things they are usually interested in doing without thinking about the impacts on their health.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, around 20 million women and 10 million men are facing the problem of eating disorders at some point in their lives. Most, unfortunately, NEDA states that each decade starting from 1930 the number of anorexia nervosa cases among young girls aged 15-19 has increased. Plus the cases of bulimia in women aged from 10 to 39 have tripled between 1988 to 1993. These numbers are really scary, especially when taking into account that the attention paid to it is not as much as it should’ve been.
These disorders, of course, have serious impacts on one’s oral health. Poor nutrition can ease the bleeding of gums and other soft tissues inside the mouth. It can even impact saliva-maker glands leading to chronic dry mouth. People with eating disorders throw up very often which can lead to tooth enamel thinning, color, shape, length and strength change and even tooth edge breaking off.
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder or you know someone who does, don’t hesitate to seek counseling! Eating healthy is possible, you just need to find the right foods!
Mouth jewelry has been considered cool among youngsters for some time now, though one can hardly find a parent who’s not against it. This time we fully support them: mouth jewelry, especially not properly cared for, can have irreversible effects on one’s oral and overall health. Let’s make it clear once and for all: there’s no type of mouth jewelry that can be considered as safe.
Tooth jewelry is all about sticking small accessories to your teeth using a substance called ''dental cement''. It’s usually done by dentists, who are the only ones who can remove them later if necessary. The biggest threat of those accessories is tooth decay, so if you decide to try tooth jewelry out anyway, make sure to keep the area around it crystal clear: that’s the most favorite part for plaque to stick and develop into tooth decay.
Oral piercings look cool, don’t they? Besides, they can be very dangerous to one’s health, confirms ADA. The reason is millions of different bacteria in our mouths which can lead to severe infection and swelling, especially in the pierced areas. An infected oral piercing can lead to a lot more serious systemic infections like blood-borne hepatitis, and swelling can even interfere with breathing. Besides, people with tongue or any other mouth piercing can easily damage their teeth while eating, chewing, talking or just sleeping. Another quite possible case is tooth crack due to biting down too hard on the piercing, plus repeated clicking of the piercing against teeth can damage the enamel.
Alcohol, Smoking & Drugs
There’s no good party without alcohol, smoking, and drugs, is there? Maybe that’s true, but there’s another truth: there’s no good oral and overall health with alcohol, smoking, and drugs. Everything’s about priorities :)
Alcoholic drinks increase the risk of tooth decay and dental erosion. Some drinks are overfilled with sugar, and sugar, as we already know, is not the best product for one’s teeth. Concerning some alcoholic mixed beverages, they contain a lot of acids, so the tooth decay is in your pocket when drinking them very often or in large quantities. Among other problems alcohol can cause are stained teeth, dry mouth, and even tooth sensitivity. So the answer to the question ''Can alcohol damage your teeth'' is surely positive.
Smoking addiction is not only bad for overall health, but it can also impact your teeth. Let’s make a list of all the possible outcomes of tobacco collection in the lungs:
Gum Infections and Diseases
Longer and Harder Healing Process
You still want to smoke? Then think about it twice as a smoke-free environment is not only good for you but for all those surrounding you. All you need to do is make a plan to quit and stick to it no matter what. If you need help quitting, don’t hesitate to talk to someone. Make a move towards your healthy lifestyle now!
It isn’t a surprise that drugs can lead to a list of health problems, is it? Oral health issues are definitely on that list. For example, smoking cannabis has the same impacts as smoking tobacco does. As for other drugs, they can result in dry mouth and immensely increase the risk of tooth decay, erosion, and serious gum disease. Due to drugs, grinding teeth becomes a usual thing, and that can result in enamel thinning and even severe headaches. In addition to all of that, drugs make you crave sugar (a big amount of sweets, fizzy drinks, etc.), and sugar mildly destroys your oral health.
Have you ever thought about what the usage of the highly addictive drug methamphetamine can do to one’s health? For starters, it can cause shortness of breath, insomnia, hyperactivity. Over time it can result in violent behavior, hallucinations, irregularity of heartbeats, stroke and permanent brain damage.
Let’s talk about its impacts on dental health. Meth can create severe tooth decay, gum disease and even make teeth break and fall out. This phenomenon is, unfortunately, so common that there’s even a scientific name for it: meth mouth. The teeth, ''living'' in fully developed meth mouth, are considered as ''permanently damaged''.
If you consider yourself as a person who has drug problems or you know someone who suffers due to methamphetamine or any other dangerous substance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a professional. Don’t let drugs ruin more lives, it’s surely not worth it.
Sports should always be an inevitable part of a teen’s life as it’s not only fun, but it also helps stay active, fit and, most importantly, healthy. However, you should beware of oral injuries some sports types can cause to your children. The best way to do so is to wear a mouthguard. It’s a flexible appliance worn during athletic activities throughout which mouth damage is somewhat possible. It’s a protection from broken or in any other way damaged teeth, and even a helping hand in prevention of jaw dislocation or breaking. Ask your family dentist for a mouthguard or buy it right from the nearest store, and don’t forget to rinse it before storing it in a ventilated container. Believe us, it’s a small price to pay for preventing future troubles.
Taking good care of oral health doesn’t have anything to do with a person’s age. But creating a perfect dental hygiene routine since childhood and sticking to it every day is a pivotal way of making sure you have healthy teeth. It’s a state of mind, a way of thinking and acting that make the biggest difference.
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