Oral care is important at any age. Hopefully, you taught your kids the importance of brushing twice a day and flossing daily when they were young, but teenagers often have so many other things going on in their lives that they overlook their health. Make sure your kids maintain good habits or develop them if they didn’t when they were younger, so they can avoid dental problems later.
Promote Brushing and Flossing
Remind your teenagers to brush and floss daily. Talk about how good oral hygiene can help people prevent cavities and gum disease, have an attractive smile, and avoid bad breath. If a child recently got braces, now would be an excellent time to stress the importance of oral hygiene. Your child’s dentist or orthodontist can offer tips and demonstrate how to brush and floss with braces.
If oral care supplies aren’t available, kids simply won’t brush and floss. Once a habit is broken, it’s easy to continue to let it slide. Make sure you have toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss available at all times. Buy extra supplies so your kids can brush and floss at school, at extracurricular activities, or at friends’ houses.
Teach Your Kids the Importance of What They Put in Their Bodies
When teens are hungry, they often reach for foods that require little or no preparation. If you have fruit around instead of cookies and potato chips, it’s easy for kids to make healthy choices. Make sure nutritious foods are always available at home.
Smoking and chewing tobacco can stain teeth, damage gums, cause bad breath, and lead to cancer. Talk to your teenagers about the risks, especially if you know that some of their peers smoke or chew tobacco.
Be a Role Model
Even if your teenage children barely speak to you sometimes, the truth is that kids pay a lot of attention to what their parents do. Practice good oral hygiene, eat nutritious foods, and avoid smoking to set a good example for your teenagers. Seeing you make healthy choices on a regular basis will carry a lot more weight than anything you might say.
Take Your Children for Professional Dental Care
Visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings is critical. CT Pediatric Dentistry treats children, from toddlers through teenagers, including kids with braces. We can also answer questions about oral hygiene, nutrition, and any concerns you have. If your kids are due for exams and cleanings, schedule an appointment today.