Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401

4 Great Dental Care Tips for Teenagers

Teen Dental Issues

Teenagers are often too busy with social activities and schoolwork to focus on their dental care habits. Unfortunately, if dental hygiene is lacking, many teens will suffer gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Good dental care habits, including routine visits to a family dentistry expert, can prevent this tragedy and may even reverse early signs of gingivitis. The following four dental care tips for teens can help empower them to protect their oral health.

1. Follow a Consistent Dental Care Routine. Maintaining good oral health requires consistency. Teens should brush twice daily and floss every day; this dental care regimen will prevent plaque buildup that leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Teens who wear braces or other orthodontic devices may need to brush after every meal and use special floss to effectively clean around brackets and wires. Keeping a small dental care kit in lockers or backpacks can be helpful. In addition to home care, regular visits to a family dentistry office and professional dental cleanings are essential.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet. Teens love carbohydrate-based snacks and sugary drinks, but these choices aren’t good for their teeth. They create the perfect environment for plaque formation that leads to serious dental issues. It’s best to limit consumption of unhealthy snacks and drinks, and replace them with crunchy fruits and vegetables and plain water. When they do eat junk foods, teens should brush their teeth immediately afterwards.

3. Don’t Smoke or Chew Tobacco. Most long-term tobacco users started in their teens. Smoking and chewing tobacco have a number of serious health consequences such as various cancers, birth defects, cardiovascular problems, and emphysema. It can also cause tooth stains, tartar buildup, and bad breath after short-term use. After many years, tobacco habits are difficult to break, so it’s best to never start. For more teen dental care tips, talk to an affordable dentist in Annapolis.

4. Wear a Mouth Guard During Sports. Teens who are active in sports should protect their teeth with mouth guards. Vigorous activities increase the risk of accidental injuries such as chipped teeth, split lips, and even tooth loss. Protection is especially important for those who wear braces and other orthodontic devices. Night guards can prevent injuries from braces that occur during sleep.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Annapolis, call Dental One Associates of Annapolis today at (410) 793-4922 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Annapolis. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Annapolis.

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