Helping Teens Navigate Their Oral Health
From an early age, we learn about the importance of oral health. As children, many of us have our parents or loved ones to teach us how to brush our teeth, the importance of eating healthy foods, and how to properly care for our bodies. As children become teenagers, many kids begin to test the boundaries as they crave the independence of adulthood. Because we were all teenagers at one point, we can certainly relate to all the trials and tribulations of growing up. At Aesthetic Smile Design, our goal is to help avoid the decline in oral health that can occur once teenagers start being responsible for their own hygiene. We want to help our patients understand the link between oral health and overall health.
Create Good Habits
The best way to help teenagers maintain their oral health is to start good habits from the time they are young children. When good habits are created early, there is the hope that the routine will continue through adolescence and into adulthood, even as teens are tempted to forgo the routine. Showing children how to properly brush thoroughly and use dental floss will benefit them for their lifetime.
Stress Healthy Eating
As teenagers go off on their own with friends, it becomes more difficult to influence their food and beverage choices. Growing teenagers seem to have bottomless stomachs, and it can be easy for things like fast food, candy, soda, and other high-calorie and sugary foods to creep into their diets. To help combat this, we recommend having plenty of healthy snacks on hand that they can grab when they are in the comfort of their own home. Eating large quantities of less than ideal foods, such as those high in sugar and starchy carbs, can lead to increased tooth decay.
If you, your teen, or another loved one has not visited our office located in Wayne, NJ recently for a hygiene examination, we encourage you to call today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to notify our office of any concerns you might have. We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!