Teenagers and their parents often lead busy lives, and teeth may not be top-of-mind every day. Adolescents are mature enough to do most self-care on their own, which means parents may not be aware of oral care habits. Therefore, incidence of teenagers having cavities is higher than you may think. It is actually common for a teen to have first-time cavities. What can parents do to help ensure healthy and beautiful smiles?
Keep up with teenagers’ dental care
Parents do not have to hover by the sink each morning and night, but a quick reminder goes a long way with teens. Check in with your children occasionally. Ask if they are brushing and flossing regularly.
Limit cavity-causing food and drinks
Parents cannot always control what teenagers eat and drink because they are often in different places. However, we can make efforts to limit sticky and sugary snacks and foods inside the house. Limiting availability of gummy candy, sodas, and sports drinks will lead teens to select healthier options when at home. Stock up on fresh fruits, nuts, and other healthy snacks. Research shows that cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your child’s oral health also.
Make a variety of oral care products available at home
Keep soft toothbrushes, flavored floss and toothpaste out in the bathroom – and even the kitchen for when the family is rushing out the door. Keep an eye on your home supply of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. Make sure everyone has what they need, when they need it.
Schedule regular dental visits
All family members, including teenagers, should have a dental check-up and cleaning twice per year. In addition, many teens should be seeing an orthodontist to ensure proper alignment.
Brier Creek Pediatric Dentistry sees children of all ages, including teenagers. We are in Raleigh and ready to see you soon. To make an appointment, contact us today.