PreTeens & Teens

Jul 28 2015

PreTeens & Teens

Its no secret that a smile is one of the first things that people will connect with and notice about someone. Taking care of this asset starts very early and is a lifelong gig. Cavities can and do happen in the preteen and teen years. Eating sugary foods and sticky carbohydrates and drinking high sugar content beverages can set up a teen for an unpleasant surprise when a dentist checks their teeth. Poor oral hygiene and rushing through brushing routines can also give the cavities the upper hand and cause  gum disease. Use your head. Brush twice a day for two minutes and floss before going to bed.

Child Dental EmergencyThe bottom line for smiles that are healthy on the inside and out:

  • Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
  • Floss anywhere teeth are touching
  • Never smoke
  • Piercing your lips or tongue is not healthy
  • Minimize sugary and starchy snacks
  • Use a mouthguard when in impact sports or activities
  • Dont forget to visit your pediatric dentist.

Habits to Smile About:

Brushing and Flossing

Start with the basics to win the against cavities. Brushing twice daily with a fluoride containing toothpaste and floss before bedtime.  Then, promote yourself to junior varsity by limiting sugary snacks and beverages. When ready to make the varsity team, ask for tips on preventive services that your pediatric dentist can provide to protect your teeth against cavities and injury. Dont forget about the rest of your team. Visit your pediatric dentist regularly for check ups.

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