Oral Care For Teenagers

October 10, 2017 | Posted in Education

Today, the most common chronic disease in people from ages six to nineteen is tooth decay. By making a few minor changes in your daily routine, you can drastically reduce the risk of tooth decay and ensure that you have a healthy smile for years to come. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Avoid drinking soda - Soft drinks are acidic and contain large amounts of sugar, which allows them to erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. If you aren’t quite ready to cut soda out of your diet completely, consider drinking it with a straw to minimize the contact that the liquid has with your teeth. Also, rinse your mouth with water when you are finished drinking.

  • Play it safe - Sports involving physical contact are one of the leading causes of oral injuries in teenagers, but many of these injuries can be easily prevented with the use of a mouthguard.

  • Avoid oral piercings - Oral piercings often fracture tooth enamel, which can lead to requiring a filling or even root canal. Oral piercings also often cause infections, causing swelling and breathing difficulties.

Like adults, teenagers should visit their dentist every six months. Regular visits help ensure that any problems are caught early on. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.