How to take care of the teeth of your teenager?
Everybody takes care of physical and mental health and quite a few times we completely ignore oral health. As your child is growing now, you may have less control over his/ her dental habits. But the cavity and infections due to ignorance could not just be painful but lead to a lot of problems in the coming times.
Here are a few tips on how to care for the teeth of your teenager:
Brushing: When you talk about teeth, the first thing that will come up to your mind will be brushing. It’s so because brushing is an important and a daily routine task. But not everybody gives time and attention while they brush. As a parent, you need to make it clear to your child, why certain daily routines are important.
Make sure your kid brushes 2 times a day. Buy them a brush with soft bristles along with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Keep the stock of oral supplies as teens mostly do not invest in it. Make them use to floss in between and take time while brushing. Teach them to brush their tongue and gums softly and do the entire process in circular motions. Gargle with water to get rid of food that might be stuck in between the teeth. And change your brush every 3 months. Plus, kids get excited to use colorful brushes.
Replace unhealthy foods with healthy foods: What your child eats, matters the most. That’s why you need to unstock all the colas and soda to get rid of them. Their presence will only tempt your child and lead to dental issues. Snacks like cakes, chips, ice creams, chocolates, and stuff, better be once a while snack. Replace all the junk with fresh fruits and veggies and also a lot of dairy products. It’s an old granny’s tip that drinking milk makes your teeth stronger and whiter.
Dental Check-up: Teens are still kids and you need to accompany them so that they do not miss on a dental check. It is advised to visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine clean and check, So do make it a priority. Also if your kid has bleeding gums for more than a week, do get it checked.
Now when you have braces on, serious care has to be taken. Make it clear to the child that they have to brush after every meal to get rid of food stuck in the wires. Use floss at least once daily and gargle vigorously. Do not bite hard food using your front teeth, instead of cut them and chew like apples, walnuts, etc. Do not eat much of sticky and sweet food because they affect your teeth the most and getting rid of them is difficult.
No to Oral Piercing: Oral piercing leads to several problems. It results in a swollen tongue and infection. They bother while you talk, chew and swallow. They block your tongue from possible airways. There are also chances of cracking a tooth due to the unaware biting of the piercing. It might seem cool to your child now but you have to take the upper hand. And if your child has already had one, make sure it is fixed in one place. You clean your mouth after every meal especially the pierced spot with the use of mouth wash. Also, keep reminding them to be careful while they chew.
A big no to smoking: Smoking not just affects your body organs but also your mouth. Tobacco chewing is also dangerous and leads to several problems.
It could result in –
• Oral cancer
• Stained (yellow) teeth and tongue
• Dulled sense of taste and smell
• Slow healing after a tooth extraction
• Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
• Bad breath.
Hello Mouth Guards:
Teenagers love sports and there are quite many chances of your child to be hit or have an injury due to falls. There are around 2 lakh cases every year about jaw and mouth injury from sports. So why would you want to deal with all the jaw fixing surgeries? Buy your child a mouth guard because they are cheaper.
As an added tip, remind your child that yellow teeth, bad breath, broken teeth, and any such thing would just affect their appearance. Teenagers are concerned about how they look and so use that thought wisely.
• Replace unhealthy with healthy foods
• No smoking
• Say ‘No’ to oral piercing
• Regular dental check-ups