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Are you tired of taking care of your teenager’s cavities and cracked teeth? If so, you’re not alone. Many parents want their teens to have a top-notch oral health and smile. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make that happen. Our dentist, Dr. Deborah Backiel, is happy to give you those tips.

First, encourage your teen to cut back on soda consumption. Unfortunately, soda is full of acid and sugar, which are two substances that cause enamel erosion and cavities. So, have your teen try to cut back on soda. If they absolutely have to drink soda, ask them to drink it through a straw so the liquid avoids the teeth altogether.

Second, make sure your teen wears a mouthguard while they are active. This is especially important if your teen participates in high-contact sports and activities, like football, basketball, wrestling, karate, and soccer. The mouthguard can protect the teeth and gums when hard, forceful objects hit the mouth.

Third, discourage oral piercings. Oral piercings can easily chip and break the teeth, which can result in the need for a dental filling. Or, if the crack is deep and damaging, it might even result in the need for a root canal or tooth extraction.

Do you have any questions about how to help your teen have a top-notch smile and oral health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? If so, please contact Dr. Backiel and Associates at 267-514-8100 today. Our dental team is excited to hear from and help you!