Taking good care of your dental health is important in your teenage years. A teenager's risk of dental damage is increased by a higher intake of unhealthy foods combined with risky athletic activities. Bad breath, yellowing teeth, and red gums are all symptoms of poor dental hygiene. But here's the good news: preventing teen dental problems is simple, and encouraging a strong dental hygiene routine can make a big difference.
Common Factors that Put Your Teenager's Dental Health at Risk
The number of teenagers who drink soda today has nearly doubled from a few years ago. Sodas and other carbonated beverages contain an excess of sugars and acidic flavorings that can erode tooth enamel, which quickly leads to tooth decay. Limit your consumption of carbonated beverages to help keep your teeth strong for life.
Oral piercings put your teeth at risk of chipping while eating, sleeping, chewing, and talking. Tongue piercings can cause tooth fractures and unwanted wear, swelling that can limit your breathing, difficult-to-control bleeding, blood poisoning, and even blood clots.
Tobacco use can stain your teeth, contribute to bad breath, and also increase your risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer. If you use tobacco products, be open and honest with your dentist about it.
Academic Anxiety and Bruxism
Stress of any kind can cause dental damage if it unknowingly causes the grinding of teeth. Tooth grinding (bruxism) wears down the teeth and can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a painful condition that makes opening and closing the mouth difficult.
Dental Care Tips for Teenagers
Make an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year for acleaning and a checkup. Teens should visit the dentist regularly to ensure that they are not suffering from tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues.
Wisdom teeth can cause damage to neighboring teeth and oral infections. Talk to your dentist about removal of the wisdom teeth if your teen's dental X-ray shows signs of impaction or lack of room.
Mouthguards should be worn during high-risk sports such as soccer, basketball, and football because they increase your teen's risk of dental trauma and broken teeth.
The most important aspect of preventing cavities, later-stage tooth decay, and gingivitis is a good dental hygiene routine. Make sure your teen flosses at least once a day, brush twice a day, use a good mouthwash, and always inform you if they are experiencing dental pain or discomfort.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call us at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.