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With all the worries and anxiety that teens face in order to fit into their desired social circles, it is often a time when their oral health care routines are neglected or abandoned.
Keeping your teeth safe as a teen requires endless attention to detail and the avoidance of many risks that may arise.

One of the biggest risks of a teen’s life is due to peer pressure. Peer pressure is frequently the downfall of many amazing smiles, not because people make the wrong decisions, but rather because they find themselves making choices simply to appeal to others, which often comes back to haunt them. If you are not careful, peer pressure can make you take unnecessary risks with both your life and your smile.

One of the biggest oral health risks caused by peer pressure is due to bad habits. Numerous habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco, or using drugs, are destined to destroy your mouth, with no real reward for doing them. Forgo peer pressure risks if they seek to put your teeth and gums at risk, as a damaged smile is not an effective way to kick off adulthood.

If you would like to speak with Dr. Mark A. Osenieks and our team about teenage dentistry from a dentist in Grand Rapids, Michigan, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Mark Osenieks, DDS, PC, by calling (616) 453-0002. Let us help you find your healthy smile!