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With adulthood comes great responsibility. Not only are we more responsible for the consequences of our actions, but increasingly responsible for our own well-being. If we fail to take care of our oral health, then we shall suffer. It becomes increasingly important to focus on those all-important tasks of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. We are given more tools at our disposal as well, including an array of options at the dentist, to upgrade our health and even our looks. However, with all these wonderful new options available, just as many negative ones become more prevalent to set us back, such as:


Smoking has devastating effects on a teenager’s oral health. Smoking can have immediate negative effects beyond increased risk of many cancers; such as bad breath, stained teeth, and gums, as well as the lingering smell on clothing, furniture, and even nearby friends.


Many teenagers are actively involved in sports, which is a leading cause of oral injury to teens. Despite its awkward appearance, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouth guard and facemasks (when applicable). Take pride in your smile and wear safety equipment.

Mouth jewelry

Mouth jewelry can be considered stylish and popular for many reasons, yet they can also wreak havoc on your oral health. Even tongue rings can have dangerous consequences, such as oral inflammation, cracked teeth, choking, and they can even lead to infectious diseases, such as hepatitis or endocarditis.

The time is now to take charge of your life. If you would like to know more or to set up an appointment, please call Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. in El Paso, Texas, at 915-593-1900 to talk to a member of our team. Call us today, and let us help you begin the rest of your life with a smile.