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Oral Care for Teens

 

The new school year is quickly approaching, and as students and families start to dig in to the new year, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has issued a reminder of the dangers of smoking. 

In the 2013-2014 school year, E-Cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled.  Electronic Cigarettes are a small refillable device that looks like a cigarette and uses battery power to vaporize nicotine solutions so that it cab be inhaled.  Nicotine exposure at a young age, even into being a young adult, can cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction and lead to continuous tobacco use.

The use of traditional cigarettes still remain a health threat to adolescents.  According to the CDC, tobacco use usually starts and is established during this time in a person’s life.  Nearly 9 out of every 10 smokers say they first tried a cigarette by age 18.  If you a have a child that uses tobacco, try to get support for their right away.  Any use of tobacco for youth is unsafe.  If you want them to live a long and healthy life, preventing tobacco use is key. Cosmetic Family Dentist in Mobile AL

We know tobacco causes significant health problems, but chewing tobacco also can lead to stained teeth and tongue, dull sense of taste, and also cause slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery.  Tobacco use can also make it more difficult to correct any cosmetic dental problems.  It leads to gum disease and oral cancer. 

Quitting is the ONLY way to decrease your risk of tobacco-related health problems.    Cosmetic Family Dentist in Mobile AL

 

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