When your children turn into teenagers their life changes dramatically. They are more independent, they will probably fail to listen to all their parents demands, and they will make choices by themselves. However, some of the things they are doing may be having a devastating effect on their teen dental health. We explain some of the common teenage traits that may need addressing if they want to keep their healthy smile.
A high sugar diet
Teenagers often have the money and ability to choose their diet when they are away from you and will frequently go for unhealthy options as they do not have the maturity to make good decisions. High sugar drinks, sweets, chocolates, and biscuits will cause irreversible damage to their teeth, so it is important to educate them on what is the best diet for them.
Not wearing mouth guards in contact sports
A mouthguard is essential in contact sports such as rugby and hockey because the risk of damaging teeth is relatively high compared to normal activity, so ensure they are well equipped with protective gear. The ready-made appliances are generally not great, and I would recommend a custom-made device from your dentist. Football can also be dangerous but nowhere near as risky as rugby or hockey.
Oral piercing can cause havoc with your teeth, gums, and mouth. It also depends on where they are, the ones that rub against teeth/gums are the worst!
Lazy brushing habits
Teenagers sometimes get lazy and do not realise the importance of good brushing habits. Some do not even care when they are told that they need fillings! Establishing a good routine when children are young helps to install the values of looking after their oral health for the rest of their lives. If this is missed, teenagers may lack the understanding behind it.
If you think your teenagers are being affected by any of the things mentioned above, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.