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Tips for Teenagers: Your Dental Care Habits Will Last a Lifetime!

In this week’s blog, we break down the top five tips for teens that will transform your oral health habits to make sure you’re set for a long future of healthy teeth!

With the rise of social-media influencers, bombarding our feeds with the latest fad on online teeth whitening kit or bogus at-home alignment treatment, a lot of information about proper dental care gets lost in the hype. In many cases, the last thing your teen wants to think about is how to take care of their teeth for long-term, lasting results. However, habits developed as a teenager can have a lifelong impact so it’s more important than ever to start them off on the right foot as early as possible. 

Did you know that according to the CDC, “dental decay is the most common chronic disease in young people between the ages of 5 and 17”? Although tooth decay is one of the most common oral health issues experienced by young people at our dental clinic in Red Deer, our team of dentists believe it doesn’t have to be this way!

5 Oral Health Care Tips for Teens!

Here is some dental advice for teenagers that will help create routines that your future adult selves will be thankful for down the road.

1) Carry a travel toothbrush

If you’re staying late for band practice, the school play or extracurricular sports, a travel toothbrush and a mini tube of toothpaste can help you keep their teeth healthy on the go. Not only will this keep your breath fresher throughout the day in case you run in to your crush, but it will keep your teeth and gums nice and clean if you plan on doing any snacking throughout the day or during free periods. This habit will take your through your college years and well into adulthood and can help reduce the risks of gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. 

2) Wear a mouth guard

Dentists recommend that anyone who plays contact sports or sports with flying equipment should wear a mouth guard to protect them from injuries. An injury can happen in a fraction of a second. Protecting your smile now could not only prevent a traumatic experience, but could save you thousands in cosmetic procedures later in life.

3) Be careful with whitening solutions

Teenagers should generally avoid using over the counter bleaching products without the supervision of a dentist as they may unfavourably change the colour of their teeth. If you’re especially concerned about the brightness of your smile, you can use whitening toothpaste at home, which is generally safe for everyday use. We also offer in-office teeth whitening treatment that is safe and gentle for sensitive teeth. However, for best results you should consult your family dentist to decide which process is right for you.

4) Be wary of piercings

You might light the aesthetic look of lip, cheek and tongue piercings. Unfortunately, these can cause teeth to chip, weakening their integrity, especially overnight while sleeping. Mouth piercings can also result in serious infections if not properly cared for. If you plan on getting a mouth piercing, be informed of the risks and do thorough research to choose a reputable piercer who uses sterile equipment, has proper certifications and who will teach you how to keep your new piercing clean. 

5) Avoid sugary drinks

Trying to quit drinking pop, fraps or energy drinks can be a challenge, but in addition to being bad for your overall health, sugary drinks are terrible for your teeth! Start carrying a refillable water bottle to encourage healthier drinking habits. Not only will your teeth thank you, but your wallet will as well! 

Family Dentistry for All Ages in Red Deer!

A happy and healthy smile is contagious. Let us help you spread that happiness! If you are looking for a dental clinic in Red Deer you can count on to take care your family’s teeth--from infancy to adulthood--just contact us at Parkland Mall Dental Centre today!