There are many aspects of raising a teenager. And as with most of them, it is better that they learn these things at home. One of those things in healthy teeth and gums from a good oral health routine. Establishing this can help many aspects of our teenager’s life. Like with most of our lives, we need to be an example to our kids. It will have started when they were younger and teaching them to brush their teeth. But it needs to carry on as they get older. You need it to happen when you’re not reminding them to do it. Then you know that it has become a habit and they learn the importance of it. So make sure that they see you flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash on a regular basis. Even as teens, they are following our example.
Our teens face unique challenges that are not experienced when they are younger. If you think back to when you were a teenager, you might remember struggling with your teeth being wonky, playing contact sports, and having acne as a result of a sugar-filled diet. All of those things can affect confidence, as well as the health of their teeth and gums. So you need to think of ways to deal with this kind of thing. Obviously, there are braces and orthodontics that we can get for our teens. They might prefer something like invisible clear braces instead, though. It makes the whole process a little less embarrassing for them as they braces look much more subtle.
Teens can also experience things like eating disorders, smoking or piercings in their mouth. All of which can have a detrimental effect on their oral health. Especially if there isn’t a good routine ingrained in them in the first place. So we need to teach our teenagers the importance of brushing their teeth regularly, at least twice a day; possibly more! It is important all of the time, but especially if any of the above things are happening with your teen. It is also important to keep up with regular dental check-ups. Then if any issues are arising, they can be dealt with as they come up.
We also need to take the lead in the diet of our teens. At school we know can control the food they eat to a certain extent, and at home, we can too. But we don’t know what they will be eating when they are out and about. So it is important to make sure that the foods that they have in the home are not laden with sugar or full or carbohydrates. Those things are fine occasionally but not on a regular basis; for our dental health as well as our overall health. It is important to discourage the use of tobacco and cigarettes with our teens. It can yellow their teeth from a young age, as well lead to things like bad breath or damaged teeth. All of which are not good for anyone. Let alone a growing teen. So take the lead and your kids will be thankful for it.