Today I thought we would focus a little bit about oral health for teens and some questions that teenagers might have. Specifically I thought we would discuss three questions that might be on teenagers minds about their oral health.
- Should I limit drinking soda – Definitely! Teenagers are drinking more soda now than ever before. Not only is the sugar harmful to your teeth, the acidic flavor additives can also erode and damage your tooth’s enamel. To help cut down on the harmful effects you can drink soda through a straw. This will lower the contact the drink has with your teeth. You can also rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda, this can help reduce the risk of cavities.
- Why avoid oral piercings – Although this is a big trend for teens, it’s not a healthy one. It’s amazing how many chipped teeth dentists see because of tongue piercings. They can also fracture teeth, with could cause a root canal or extraction. Tongue piercings can cause infections that make the tongue swell to the point of cutting off breathing. If the piercing equipment is not kept extremely clean it can cause blood-borne hepatitis.
- Why make time for healthy oral habits – Quick meals in the form of “nutrition” bars and fast food can help keep you alert and active, but there’s a down side. These so-called nutrition bars and fast food can leave you with permanent oral damage and be a risk to your overall health. A good idea is to keep a travel size toothbrush in your backpack or locker. Also, chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol after meals or snacks can help cleanse your mouth. And try cutting back some on the soda and drink water instead, not only will your oral health improve but you’ll feel better too.
Teenagers should see their dentist at least twice a year. Regular dental visits can help catch minor problems before they become major ones!
If you live in the Englewood Colorado area and would like to set up an appointment, please give us a call at 303-781-0624.