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Oral Health Tips for Teens

Does your teen practice good oral hygiene?

Practicing good nutrition and oral hygiene at home are particularly important during the teen years. Proper diet, brushing teeth, and flossing play an important role in maintaining a healthy smile and preserving teeth during these challenging years.

Cavities and periodontal disease can be a threat to teens as well as adults. Recent survey results show that bleeding gums were most prevalent among adolescents and that three-quarters of 13-17 year olds had gums that bled.

Registered dental hygienists may recommend these tips:

  • Be sure to brush thoroughly after meals whenever possible and floss daily. Busy schedules and activities can encourage snacking. That is why choosing a proper diet will help you maintain and preserve your teeth.
  • A small amount of fluoridated toothpaste will help to inhibit tooth decay. Fluoride is also found in mouth rinses, community water supplies and in some foods.
  • If you wear custom-made appliances or dental braces, pay special attention to keeping spaces between the teeth and archwires clean by using floss threaders. Orthodontic toothbrushes are specially designed to make cleaning teeth and braces easier.
  • If you participate in contact sports, you may want to have a custom-made mouth guard fitted during a dentist visit. Mouthguards assist in providing protection against dental injuries.

It's never too late to improve your dental health. Call us at 1-866-970-0441 to find the right dentist for you!


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