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Helping Your Teen Take Responsibility for Their Own Oral Health

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As children grow up and become teenagers, parents usually have much less direct influence over their oral care. Adolescence means busier schedules and often less focus on oral care, often resulting in cavities and other dental issues. Though you need to give your children space and some independence during adolescence, here are six guidelines you can follow to make sure your teenager’s dental health remains a priority.

Have dental supplies on-hand

Even though teenagers are independent, they don’t buy their own dental supplies. Keeping toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and mouth rinse on-hand is a great way to make sure your teen always has the tools they need to keep their teeth healthy.

Consider their vanity

Teenagers are extremely aware of their looks. You can use this to your advantage by stressing how attractive a healthy smile can be to other people. Attractiveness is one of the primary reasons we al care about our teeth and teens are no exception.

Receive an orthodontic consultation

Kids and adults receive braces at all ages, though it is most common during the teenage years. Children grow rapidly and so do their facial muscles and bones, which will often misalign the teeth, jaw and bite. We can guide you in the right direction and give you advice for your teen’s specific needs.

Buy less junk food

You definitely can’t control what your teen eats when you’re not around, but ensuring that your refrigeratocouldr and pantry aren’t full of sugary drinks and snacks is a good way to keep their teeth healthy. Minimizing your own purchase of unhealthy, sugary foods means there is less available to your teen.

Purchase a mouth guard

Adolescents are often active in sports that can be dangerous to their growing mouths. Make sure your teen wears a mouth guard whenever possible, especially in sports like hockey or football.

Never neglect checkups

Your family is busy, especially when children grow up and become more independent. It can be easy to miss scheduled dental visits, but you shouldn’t neglect to do so. Even though adolescents are older and bigger, they are still kids and it’s your job to stay on top of appointments.