Of course, smoking, as well as smokeless tobacco, is bad for your overall health, but it also causes damage to your teeth and gums. In addition to stains, cancer of the mouth greatly increases as a result of using tobacco. Remind your teens of the dangers of smoking and encourage them to quit—their life depends on it!
Teeth grinding during adolescence can cause jaw joint problems. Have your teen wear a mouth guard at night to reduce pain and protect the teeth and jaws. Some over-the-counter products can be effective, but custom-made night guards are usually better.
Yes, use mouth guards during any contact sport, such as football, soccer, and hockey. Mouth guards protect the teeth and can reduce concussions and brain and joint injuries.
Help your teen find a mouth guard that feels good—it should be comfortable to wear. Let us know if you need help finding a mouth guard that fits properly. We can also have a custom mouth guard made for your teen at our office.
It’s common for teens to be worried about their personal appearance and having white teeth. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can be safe and effective, but we can discuss different brands with you at your next appointment to choose one that’s right for your teen.
Remember to properly brush the teeth, gums, palate, and tongue and floss each day to reduce bacteria levels and improve breath. The proper sequence of oral hygiene is: 1. Floss, 2. Brush, and 3. Mouthwash. If your teen still complains of bad breath, check with your doctor in case allergies, asthma, or sinus infections are to blame.
Actually, sugarless gum can help prevent tooth decay by cleaning the biting surfaces and stimulating the production of saliva. Ensure your teen only chews sugar-free gum!
Cavities can occur more often in teens thanks to increased consumption of soft drinks and sports drinks available at school. These drinks are high in sugar and acid, which leads to decay. Have your teen switch to flavored or plain water instead.