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Promoting Proper Oral Hygiene Habits in Teenagers
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Teens are busy and active with school, sports,
social events, and other activities that often
make it seem like they do not have time to brush
their teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
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On top of their active schedules, they tend to
consume excessive amounts of junk food, surgery
sodas, and fast food, even if they are eating
healthy meals at home.
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These two factors alone can be the underlying
cause why your teen is struggling with tooth
decay and cavities every time they visit their
Toronto dentist for their bi-annual checkups.
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It is not surprising that many teens, who do not
adequately care for their teeth, develop many
cavities during their teen years,
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only to wish later, once they reach adulthood,
they would have taken better care of their teeth
and gums.
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As a parent, there are several things you can do
to help encourage proper oral hygiene habits in
your teen and help them strive to become and
remain cavity-free.
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Remind your teen that their teeth and oral health
affect how they look. Teenagers care about their
appearance a great deal.
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If you can help them understand poor dental
habits can lead to staining and tooth decay,
which can cause further problems, like chronic
bad breath,
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excessive cavities, and missing teeth from poor
care, it could help provide the motivation they
need to get them to follow better dental care
habits.
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Allow your teen to choose their own dental care
products. Part of the reason they may not like
to brush and floss could be due to the dental
care products they have available.
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If you are buying the toothpaste, toothbrushes,
dental floss, and rinse aids, they may not like
the tastes of these products or dislike how the
brush feels against their gums and teeth.
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By allowing your teen to select their own
products, with guidance from your dentist, it
gives them more responsibility and at the same
time,
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often results in them taking a more active role
in regular brushing and flossing.
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Stock up on oral care products and have them
readily available throughout the home. Since
your teen is busy, it can be beneficial to keep
toothbrushes,
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toothpaste, and floss in more than one bathroom
throughout the home. For instance, if your teen
frequently uses two different bathrooms, like one
downstairs
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and one upstairs, make sure to stock both, so
your teen has easier access, like when they are
in a hurry to get someplace, but need to brush
their teeth.
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Teach your Teens the 3 keys for Dental Decay To
develop cavities, only 3 things are needed
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  • Teeth
  • Sugar
  • Plaque (the bacteria in plaque consume the sugar
    in your mouth and convert the sugar to acid which
    dissolves tooth enamel and dentin and this
    results in a cavity)

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Without these 3 things, cavities cant form. It
is important for your teeth to understand that
sugar is not just found in candies. Sugar is a
predominant ingredient in most processed foods.
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Teach your teen to read labels for hidden sugars
(most things ending in ose such as sucrose and
maltose are other names for sugar).
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In fact, teach your teen to eat healthy foods by
avoiding processed foods and instead eating whole
foods.
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Remember that any food that lists sugar in the
first 3 ingredients on the label, contains too
much sugar and should be avoided.
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Lead by example. When you take care of your own
teeth, floss once a day, brush twice a day,
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eat healthy foods and visit the dentist at least
twice a year, your teen will see you care just as
much about your teeth and oral health as you do
for theirs.
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For more ideals and suggestions on how to
motivate and encourage proper oral hygiene habits
in your teen or to schedule a preventive checkup,
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please feel free to contact the dental office of
Dr. Carol Waldman at 416.445.6000
today! Source- http//www.carolwaldmandentistry
.ca/promoting-proper-oral-hygiene-habits-in-teenag
ers/
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