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Preventive Dentistry for Teens

Drawing of male and female teenagers pointing to their shining teeth The initial years of a person's life are critical for their dental health since our bodies replace baby teeth between the ages of six to 20. Most children have permanent teeth by 12, but they don't develop molars until they are 18 to 20. Therefore, dental health is critical for teenagers to ensure optimal oral health.

Dental Care Tips for Teenagers

The following preventative dentistry tips for teenagers can help teens maintain their oral hygiene and avoid any dental issues down the line.

Brush Twice a Day

Brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime can allow you to keep your teeth clean and prevent them from yellowing. All teens must develop this habit since forming it in the early stages of life can help them carry it on for a lifetime and avoid dental complications like tartar buildup, tooth decay, and bad breath.

Here are a few brushing tips you can follow to ensure you're doing it correctly:
•  Always brush your teeth in circular motions.
•  Make sure to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle while brushing.
•  Always use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
•  Change your toothbrush every three months.
•  Avoid brushing aggressively.
•  Keep your toothbrush clean.
•  Use a quality fluoride-based toothpaste to promote oral health.
•  Brush your teeth for at least two minutes.

Make a Habit of Flossing

Adding floss to your dental hygiene routine allows you to take your dental hygiene to the next level. Floss will help you remove any plaque between your gum lines that your toothbrush may have been unable to reach. Moreover, regular flossing can also help teens significantly minimize their risk of developing dental cavities.

Dr. Nadgie Ortiz and Dr. Ortiz at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry highly recommend their patients create a habit of flossing since it can also help them maintain gum health and prevent gum disease.

Visit the Dentist Every Six Months

Many teenagers avoid this step. However, visiting the dentist every six months for an oral cleaning and a checkup is an integral part of maintaining oral health, especially in the teenage years. Regular dental examinations can also allow us to spot and treat any dental issues during the early stages.

Furthermore, no matter how much we care for our oral health, we still cannot reach certain parts of our mouths. This is where a professional dental cleaning comes in.

A dental cleaning every six months will allow you to target those locations in your mouth that your toothbrush or floss may be unable to reach. Doing so can help you avoid discomfort or expensive procedures that may be necessary if your dental issues reach severe stages.

By following preventative measures, teens can maintain their oral health in optimal condition and show off their bright smiles. If you have any further questions or want to schedule a dental cleaning, you can call us at (276) 663-0065 for details.
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