The healthy habits that you helped create for your child in their younger years, ideally will continue into teen’dom. Even so, a lot of teens will require braces regardless of every precaution you took as a parent.
Your teen’s facial structure and allowable space for their adult teeth, will largely be the deciding factor in whether or not orthodontic treatment will need to be a consideration.
Regardless of the frontiers your teen might face with their teeth, the facts remain the same when it comes to basic oral health care.
Brush twice a day in order to remove plaque – that nasty cavity causing bacteria
Floss once a day to also remove the plaque between your teeth and around the gum line. Avoiding this step can lead to tarter buildup – which is the hardening effects of plaque
Limit sugar laden and acidic food and drinks
Maintain your regular visits with your dentist to receive your cleaning and checkups, ensuring there are no cavities to address before they become a more serious concern.
Other factors your teen might come in contact with, as it pertains to their oral health, are things like mouth guards, smoking and oral piercings.
Clearly this is a vast array of concerns, so let’s address them individually.
Mouth Guards are a much-needed device to protect your teen’s teeth. They usually cover the upper teeth and are used during sporting activities. Protecting against broken and/or chipped teeth, you should insist on a mouth guard with your teenagers coach, if the sport they are playing seems to deem one necessary. Even if you have a teen with braces, mouth guards can still be created and are just as important.
Smoking is an unhealthy habit at any age, but when it’s created in the early teen years, it increases all the risks out there. Stained teeth and gums, bad breath, oral cancer, as well as gum disease – just to name a few. None of it is pretty, so strongly caution them with images and information.
Oral Piercing perhaps wasn’t a “thing” when you were a teen, but it is very popular among today’s youth. It also poses an oral concern for infections, bleeding, nerve damage, chipped or cracked teeth, and damage your gums. Although it might seem fun at the time, these types of risks don’t seem worth the – well – risk!
A clean and healthy smile is just one less issue a teen has to be concerned about during their more self-conscious years. It also provides fresh breath and a shiny smile.
We understand that helping your teenager map their way through their adolescent years is a hefty task of love. As an educated parent on the matters of your teen’s oral health, you will simply be one step ahead of the parenting crowd.
As always, Dentist R Us is happy to help you better understand the optimal oral health care of your teens …and family as a whole!
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