I have a love/hate relationship with this time of the year. On one hand, it’s the holidays! Happiness and joy! On the other hand, it’s also the season of SICK. It’s when our kids bring home ALL OF THE GERMS and pass it on to us: the caretakers. The list makers. The meal creators. The housekeepers. It is brutal. Did you know last year’s Boca Raton cold and flu season was one of the worst and longest on record? This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending everyone get their flu shots early.
It’s also why I’ve partnered with Scotties Facial Tissues, to share the 5 (REAL) Thoughts Every Mom has During Boca Raton Cold and Flu Season.
To pierce or not to pierce? That is the question! And the answer is: oral piercings never improve dental health or teenage teeth, but can certainly harm it.
Obviously telling a teenager this is easier said than done…
I reached out to Dr. Drew Popper, an experienced and highly reputable Pediatric Dentist Located in Boca Raton, and the American Dental Association agrees, stating that “The ADA advises against the practices of cosmetic intraoral/perioral piercing and tongue splitting, and views these as invasive procedures with negative health sequelae that outweigh any potential benefit.”
I know, I know: teenagers! I guess I was one myself, thousands of years ago. Although for the life of me, I can’t believe I did any of, you know, those things teenagers do. But I did. We all did…
In terms of my own oral health, I definitely can’t forget “those things” because I’m reminded of them every day working with my Boca Raton teenager patients. I’m going to get to the lifestyle issues in just a moment, but I want to point out that there’s at least one teenage oral health issue that isn’t due to their behavioral antics.
Did you know that a little over half of all teenagers (including Boca Raton teenagers) have gum disease, aka gingivitis, in some form?