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Is Your Teen’s Oral Health in Danger?

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When it comes to your dental health, each stage of life presents with unique challenges and concerns. Adolescence is no different. In fact, there are some very notable dental risks that can occur during these turbulent teenage years. As a parent, we know you are picking your battles as you raise your teen. However, let proper dental care be one of those battles. Your teen’s oral health can play a significant role in how they feel, their overall health and the future of their smile as they emerge into adulthood.

Due to lifestyle habits, hormones and other factors, here are some reasons why your teenager’s dental health can be at risk during this life stage:

Drinking Sports and Energy Drinks

Whether it is an attempt to stay up late and study or replenish electrolytes after a big game, teens are among the most common age group to consume energy drinks and sports drinks. Unfortunately, the high acidity and sugars in these drinks can wreak havoc on the enamel and health of their teeth. Encourage your child to drink water and avoid sipping on these drinks throughout the day.

Late Night Snacking

Many teenagers are experiencing major growth spurts, which comes with very frequent hunger pains and snacking. If they are in the habit of snacking late at night (perhaps after they’ve brushed their teeth),it can leave their smile in danger of decay, gum disease, bad breath and staining.

Wearing Braces

Adolescence is a common time to undergo orthodontic treatment. Wearing metal braces with brackets and wires can certainly straighten your teen’s smile, but they can also be a major obstacle when trying to keep the teeth clean and healthy. Oral hygiene during braces may require extra effort and even some special tools like orthodontic flossers and more.

Gaining Independence

It’s time to start letting go. As your allow your teen to gain some independence, this may mean that they are taking charge of their dental care. While your child has likely been brushing and flossing without your help for years, it may now be time for your teenager to take responsibility for routine dental visits in the form of making the appointment or driving to the visit. Educate your child about the importance of preventative dental care!

Surging Hormones

We can’t talk about teenagers without discussing hormones. Yes, those surging hormones that send them on a roller coaster of moods can also impact their oral health. In fact, studies show that teenagers are more susceptible to gum disease due to these high levels of hormones.

Your teenager has every opportunity to have a healthy and confident smile through this transitional stage of life. At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we are here to help as your trusted provider of teen dental care. Dr. Morris is keenly aware of the challenges that teens face when it comes to their oral health, and we can deliver the preventative and restorative treatments they need for a healthy smile. Call today to schedule your visit in Roswell.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

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