A lack of interest in taking care of their teeth and gums is only one of the issues that teenagers may face when it comes to their oral health. It is only normal that young people don’t realize the need for good oral health habits for long-term results, they tend to think more in the moment. The instant gratification from a sugary sweet energy drink, for instance, will outweigh the fact that fluoridated tap water is the much healthier choice.
The teenage years are a time for change and choices, some good, some not so great. Peer pressure and a fascination with the latest fad can lead to taking actions that may result in poor dental hygiene or injury to the mouth. Oral piercings come to mind. Having a metal object attached firmly to your tongue or gum tissue can make it hard to keep the mouth free of leftover food debris and the buildup of bacterial plaque. The imaging of dental x-rays may be more difficult and there is always the threat of infection.
The prevalence of cavities for teenagers during the ages of 14-17 suggests that their dietary habits may contribute to the tendency. Snacking on chips and soda for instance and choosing spicy foods over fresh fruits and vegetables can lead to tooth decay especially if proper precautions like brushing and rinsing aren’t taken.
Parents can only encourage their teenagers to continue to practice what they were taught about the importance of maintaining a clean mouth. Hopefully, they will stick to a regimen that includes daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D for the promotion of healthy teeth and gums. A pediatric dental home can be a good influence as well.
Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry promotes the importance of preventive measures for the maintenance of our children’s oral health. Call the office today @ 303-835-9618.