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Did you know cavities are most often found in people’s smiles who range from 5 to 17 years of age? Well, it’s true, which means your teen is vulnerable to a decayed smile. Fortunately, your teen can maintain a strong and healthy smile with your help. Our dentist, Dr. Gregg Balis, encourages you to do the following things:

-Ask your teen to drink soda less often. The acid and sugar in the beverage can attack the teeth, weaken the enamel, and develop cavities. It’s best to avoid drinking soda altogether, but if your teen has to drink it, our dental team encourages them to drink it through a straw. This makes it so the beverage has less contact with the teeth.

-Make sure your teen wears a mouthguard while they play high-contact sports and activities, like football, basketball, wrestling, karate, and soccer. The mouthguard can protect the smile when hard, forceful objects hit the mouth.

-Discourage oral piercings. Oral piercings can severely harm the teeth. In fact, tongue and lip piercings can easily crack and fracture tooth enamel. This can result in the need for treatment, like a dental filling, root canal treatment, or even tooth extraction, depending on the severity of the crack.

For more information and details about how to help your teen have a top-notch smile in Palm Desert, California, please contact our dental office, Gregg Balis DDS, at 760-610-0497 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team will be happy to hear from and help you!