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Teens and the Advantages of Risk-Taking

By Jill Feilmeier on June 30, 2015 in Kid's Health

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Believe it or not, there is a reason why teenagers act like…well..teenagers: dramatic brain changes experienced during adolescence may explain increased exploration and risk-taking.

So don't fret, parents! It's normal (and necessary) for teenagers to take risks. And we can help prevent potential teen tooth troubles – encourage healthy risks and help them steer clear of unhealthy ones:

Go For It: Healthy Risks

Healthy risk-taking has a chance for failure, but can also be rewarding and surprisingly safe. Teens can step out of their comfort zone in artistic activities, volunteer opportunities and sports.

Teenagers thrive in athletic environments. Through sports, adolescents are able to foster friendships, stay in shape and develop leadership skills.

Make sports safer for your teen – buy him or her a mouthguard. Contact sports, such as football, lacrosse and hockey, require protection. Don't let teens risk their smile – find out what sports require mouthguards.

Don't Chance It: Unhealthy Risks

 Though it is on the decline, “regular tobacco use” is still among the top ,adolescent health risk behaviors.

Give your teen more reasons to stay away from cigarettes. Smoking negatively affects all parts of your mouth, including:

  • Lips: Over time, smokers develop wrinkles around the lips.
  • Teeth: Cigarettes stain your teeth yellow and make your breath smell.
  • Gums: Smoking contributes to gum disease, often leading to tooth loss.