Each generation of teenagers defines cool trends for themselves. Sometimes, these trends come back to haunt us as adults in the form of embarrassing photos (Mom, why is only one pant leg rolled up on your jeans?), but they don’t usually impact our health for years to come.  One of the biggest trends with teens today, however, poses serious long-term health risks.  We’re talking about vaping. Vaping, the term teens used to describe smoking an e-cigarette, continues to attract teens at an alarming rate.  Indeed, the latest numbers state that “more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students” currently uses some form of e-cigarette.  With these numbers, the Surgeon General declared youth e-cigarette use an epidemic in the US.  Not only does vaping have nicotine addiction implications for your teen, but their oral health can suffer greatly, too. The effects of vaping on teeth and your teen’s overall oral health are real and serious.

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Most of us know that sugary snacks and drinks can harm your child’s teeth.  As a result, some of us choose sugar-free sodas and natural fruit juices believing we’re solving the problem while satisfying a sweet tooth.  But diet soda does cause cavities, and some fruit juices and sports drinks are guilty as charged, too.  How?  The answer lies with understanding the role acids play in oral health. Indeed, sugar is not the only cavity-causing culprit found in food and drinks.  Citric acids and phosphoric acids are villains in this equation, too.

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