Good nutrition and oral hygiene care practiced at home are particularly important during the teen years. Proper diet, brushing, 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-fourths of 13 to 17 year-olds had gums that bled.
Following tips may be recommended:
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 to maintain and preserve your teeth.
If you wear custom-made appliances, or 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 inquire about or have a custom-made mouthguard fitted during an oral care visit. Mouthguards assist in providing protection against dental injuries.