Dental Health Problems for Teens

A beautiful smile starts with healthy oral care in childhood continuing from adolescence through adulthood. By the teenage years, adult teeth have replaced baby teeth, and proper dental care is even more important. It is important that teenagers are aware of dental threats in order to keep their smiles picture perfect.


Cavities are a common problem but are extremely preventable. Teenagers should stay on top of proper daily dental care, including brushing twice a day, flossing once daily, and staying on top of twice-yearly dental cleanings. Avoiding sugary food and drinks while adding fruit and vegetables high in fiber to the diet is important in avoiding cavities.

Nicotine and Tobacco

Smoking is harmful to dental health by causing bad breath, stained teeth and gums, periodontal disease, oral cancer, damage to the senses, and delayed oral healing. Nearly all adult smokers began smoking as a teenager. Encourage teenagers not to smoke and consider quitting if you are a smoker to model better dental health.


According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly three million teenagers have teeth knocked out at youth sports events. Teenagers playing sports, especially contact sports, should wear a mouth guard to protect their mouth and teeth from injury.

Teenagers may not think about their dental health every day, but they should be aware of common dental health problems teenagers face. Contact Carolina Smiles Dentistry for routine cleanings and any dental concerns. Our dentists will support your teenager’s healthy smile in the office and at home.

As your child gets older, their dental care is still important. Call Carolina Smiles Dentistry at 919-620-6700 to schedule an appointment for your teen.

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