Helping Teens Manage Their Dental Health
At Integrity Dental, we stress the importance of maintaining proper oral health to our patients of all ages. From a young age, we are shown how to care for our teeth and learn about how what we eat and drink can not only affect our overall health but our oral health as well. When children are younger, it is easier for parents to control their food choices and help care for their teeth. Once children move into their teenage years and start making their own choices, it can be more difficult to manage. We want to help our teenage patients understand the harm they can cause their teeth when they are not cared for properly.
Create Good Habits
As with anything in life, the best way to get into a routine is to follow through with certain habits daily. The same is true for oral health. This is one of the reasons that children start learning about the importance of oral health from an early age. When brushing and flossing the teeth is made part of a child’s daily routine, they will hopefully continue the routine into their teenage years and adulthood. This is also the reason we encourage parents to start bringing their children in for routine dental care.
Stress Healthy Eating
When teenagers spend more time with friends and have outings that do not include their parents, they become responsible to make their own food and drink choices. Unfortunately, many teenagers don’t always make the best food choices and enjoy sugary foods and drinks. Eating large quantities of less-than-ideal foods, such as those high in sugar and starchy carbs, can lead to high levels of tooth decay. To help offset the foods your teens might eat while out, be sure to have plenty of healthy food and drink options for when they are home.
If you, your teen, or another loved one has not visited our office located in Wellington, FL recently for a hygiene examination, we encourage you to call today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to notify our office of any concerns that you might have. We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!