How to Help Manage Your Teen’s Dental Habits
Even from the stage of being an infant, oral healthcare is an important priority in good hygiene. As the child grows, you continue teaching them how to care for their teeth. However, once the teen years set in, you may find it more difficult to help manage your teen’s dental habits.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cavities are the most common chronic disease in young people between the ages of 5 and 17. Therefore, here are some ways to help manage your teen’s dental habits.
Make Time for Healthy Habits
Teens in school have a hectic schedule. Between school, homework, extra-curricular activities, a part-time job, and more, kids have a lot to juggle. As a result, quality oral health care can go to the way side. Help your teen to replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones. Here are some ideas:
- Keep a travel toothbrush with toothpaste in their backpack. Remind them to thoroughly brush twice per day and after snacks.
- Sugary snacks and drinks are easy to rely on when you are busy. But these are the worst for teeth! Instead, apples, cheese, or coconut water are easy tooth- happy alternatives that your teen can incorporate.
Keep them Safe in Sports
Sport related accidents are a huge culprit for mouth injuries. A mouth guard should be used for any contact sport to prevent such an injury. At Rancho Dental, we offer custom fit mouth guards that are comfortable and made to last. Ask us about them!
Keep them Coming to the Dentist
With consistent visits to the dentist every 6 months, problems are being prevented and a teen’s confidence is boosted with a white smile. This is a great way to help manage your teen’s dental habits.