Blog posts by Mariam Wahidi, MD

Beyond the Hangover: Effects of Alcohol on the Teenage Brain

Alcohol and Adolescents

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among teenagers. Teenagers who drink alcohol are more likely to experience legal problems, unwanted or unprotected sexual activity, abuse of other drugs, and alcohol-related injuries such as burns, falls, and drowning.

Additionally, alcohol can have negative effects on a teenager’s developing brain. As you might remember from our previous post on adolescent brain development, the adolescent brain continues to mature and develop until about 25 years of age. Because key areas of the brain are still under construction during adolescent years, they are more sensitive to alcohol’s toxic effects. Read more

Summertime Brushin’

Summertime Teeth Brushing TipsSummer is almost here! For kids, this means it’s time for sweet lemonade, slushies, and smoothies. For parents, this means really making sure your child is practicing good oral hygiene practices at home to prevent tooth decay. Many people think that cavities in baby teeth don’t matter because they will fall out anyway. However, dental decay in baby teeth can negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems. Research shows that the health of your mouth affects the health of the rest of your body. And oral hygiene needs to start early. No teeth? Simply going through the motions of cleaning the gums with a soft washcloth serves a useful purpose. And as soon as that first tooth erupts, you can start to brush!

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