What Parents Need to Know about Teen Dental Care.
Piercings in the Tongue/Lips/Checks
There are many risks involved with oral piercings, including chipped or cracked teeth, blood clots, blood poisoning, heart infections, brain abscess, nerve disorders (trigeminal neuralgia), receding gums or scar tissue. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of any oral piercing.
Common symptoms after piercing include pain, swelling, and infection, an increased flow of saliva and injuries to gum tissue. Difficult-to-control bleeding or nerve damage can result if a blood vessel or nerve bundle is in the path of the needle. Inflammation and large swellings can progress quickly and result in a closed airway and death.
Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco
Tobacco in any form can jeopardize your child’s health and cause incurable damage. Teach your child the dangers of tobacco.
Smokeless tobacco, also called spit, chew, or snuff is often used by teens who believe that it is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. This is an unfortunate misconception. Help your child avoid tobacco in any form. By doing so, they will avoid bringing cancer-causing chemicals into direct contact with their tongue, gums and cheeks.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer from Tobacco Use:
- A sore that won’t heal inside the mouth
- White or red leathery patches on the lips, and or under the tongue
- Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth of lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue, or a change in the way the teeth fit together
Periodontal disease and pre-cancerous lesions called leukoplakias can develop in as little as three to four months from smokeless tobacco use. People often ignore the early signs of oral cancer since they are usually not painful. If it’s not caught in the early stages, oral cancer can require extensive, sometimes disfiguring, surgery, or even worse, be fatal.
Parents and teen can find valuable information about adolescent dental care at MyChildrensTeeth.org.
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