How can I get my teen to understand the effects of tobacco use on his teeth?

How can I get my teen to understand the effects of tobacco use on his teeth?

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!

How can I help my teen stop grinding his/her teeth?

How can I help my teen stop grinding his/her teeth?

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.

Should my teen wear mouthguards during sports?

Should my teen wear mouth guards during sports?

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.

My child has shown interest in teeth whitening. Teen Dentist Conway Arkansas

My child has shown interest in teeth whitening. What works best?

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.

How can I help my teen banish bad breath?

How can I help my teen banish bad breath?

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.

My teen never had cavities until recently. Why?

My teen never had cavities until recently. Why?

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.