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Oral Health Tips for Teens
The old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true for teens! When you help them form smart oral health habits, you put them on the road to better health, a more beautiful smile, and the confidence, self-esteem and positive outlook they need to achieve their full potential.
Below are some simple oral health tips for teens.
Teach your teen the importance of oral hygiene.
Teenagers are typically “busy people” who hardly have enough time to sleep – let alone learn about the importance of oral hygiene! However, it’s both in your and their best interest to find the time to discuss this critical health issue. Help your teen understand that doing simple and relatively quick things today – such as flossing regularly and brushing after every meal – can lead to a healthier, happier smile for years to come. Plus, if your teen has concerns around bad breathe (halitosis) or misshapen, discoloured, or misaligned teeth, talk to him or her about that as well. Or better yet, contact us and together with you we’ll help discuss these key issues – and the great options available – with your teen.
Pay attention to any and all oral health concerns.
Results of studies conducted by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) point to an alarming statistic: 75% of teens 13-17 suffer from bleeding gums. While the root cause of bleeding gums can vary, our advice is the same: contact us for an appointment, even if there is no pain associated (often, pain is not one of the early symptoms of gingivitis and other serious oral health problems). We’ll help identify the cause, target the problem, and give your teen the healthy, happy smile that he or she wants.
Misaligned teeth can cause poor chewing function, which lead to nutrition and digestion problems. Furthermore, teens can feel painfully self-conscious and experience low self-esteem and even depression (which is a serious medical condition) if they don’t “feel good” about their smile. At Arbutus North Dental Centre, we use modern digital technology and methodologies to help your teen enjoy a straight, beautiful and healthy smile – and it’s more affordable (for you) and comfortable (for them) than you may realize! Contact us to learn more and get the information and advice you need.
Pay special attention to hygiene when wearing braces and other oral appliances.
While braces and other appliances are busy “doing their job” of giving your teen the straight and beautiful smile that they want, the task of keeping their teeth clean is something they (and you) will need to pay special attention to. This is because braces and dental appliances can make cleaning in between teeth more challenging. We suggest that your teen uses an orthodontic brush and floss threaders, as appropriate. Contact us if you have any concerns about your teen’s oral health, or if he or she would benefit from a “refresher course” in how to properly use an orthodontic brush, floss threaders, or any other proper cleaning tool.
Athletic teens should consider wearing a customized mouth guard.
Teens and sports go together, either at or after school/on weekends, and that means – unfortunately – injuries can and do occur. And while these are impossible to completely avoid (especially with contact sports), a customized mouth guard can play a powerful role in preserving your teen’s oral health and keeping them out of harm’s way.
Contact us to discuss the mouth guard options that we can customize for your athletic teen, so that he or she can continue enjoying the sports that they love; and you can continue enjoying the peace of mind you love in knowing that they’re more protected from dental injuries. Contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your teens’ oral health — we’re always glad to help create another beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!