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Top Threats Your Teen’s Oral Health

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Do you have a teenager in your household? We know you are picking your battles. Adolescence is a difficult stage to parent as they test their own judgement and strive for more independence. However, in your concern for their grades, driving skills and curfew, don’t forget about their dental health. Teenagers can face specific threats to their oral health during this (often turbulent) season of change.

Is your teen’s smile health at risk due to the following common habits?

Pencil Chewing and Nail Biting – Adolescence can be quite stressful. The extra tension and anxiety can trigger your teen to chew on pencils during class, chomp ice while texting or bite their nails when studying. Whatever the oral habit is, it can wreak havoc on their pearly whites over time.

Late-Night Snacking – Teenagers are known for raiding the pantry at all hours of the day, including late at night when they may have already brushed their teeth. If these snacks are high in sugars and starch, it can be a quick recipe for cavities.

Smoking and Vaping – No parent wants to think that their teen is exploring cigarettes. However, smoking and vaping are still trending among the adolescent population. Take the time to warn your child about the dangers of nicotine on their oral health, which ranges from discolored teeth and bad breath to gum disease and more. E-cigarettes contain nicotine too!

Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks – Whether they are coming off the practice field or trying to stay up late to cram for a test, it is not uncommon to find a sports drink or energy drink in the hands of a teenager. While they may give them a boost of energy, these beverages contain loads of sugar and acids, which often leads to enamel erosion and tooth decay.

Lazy Brushing and Missed Dental Visits– Your teen is undoubtedly gaining independence. They bathe and dress themselves and may even be driving or making their own meals. However, in their quest for “doing it all on their own,” can you trust your child with their oral hygiene and routine dental appointments. Neglecting to brush and floss daily or skipping a dental checkup is a welcome invitation for dental health problems.

Convenient Dental Care for Teens

At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we are happy to take care of your teenager’s smile. We understand the unique oral health challenges that adolescents face. Along with bad habits, teens may also need extra cleanings while in braces or a custom mouthguard while playing sports. Call our Roswell office today to book your child’s dental visit.

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.

    Marc Mamane

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