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During your teenage years, the last of your permanent teeth will grow in. This includes your wisdom teeth in the far back of your mouth. Unfortunately, this is also the time that you may be subjected to a host of new opportunities that can put your smile at risk.

Your wisdom teeth can often have difficulties growing in correctly. This can lead to malocclusions. Wisdom teeth that fail to breach the gum line of your mouth in the correct spot are called transposition malocclusions. In some instances, they may need to be removed. Your wisdom teeth also increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and jaw pain, so it is important to clean and care for them with extra attention.

Peer pressure can also lead to a number of situations and habits that can damage or destroy your smile. This includes mouth jewelry, contact sports without wearing protective gear, smoking, chewing tobacco, and using drugs. Knowing what to do and what not to do in your life begins to become paramount when faced with all these decisions and habits that can affect your oral health and your entire well-being for the rest of your life.

If you would like Dr. Wong and our team at Johnson Ranch Dental to bring you in for an oral exam or professional cleaning, please contact our dentist office in Roseville, CA, by calling us at 916.784.1700. Have a fantastic day!