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.
The 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
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.