Although few teens will admit it, many adolescents have poor oral hygiene due to a lack of regular brushing and flossing. Teens are highly distracted in today’s society, with many academic, athletic, and social events that they must attend or prepare for every day. In addition, they also must handle the demands of family, jobs, friends, and dating.
At Willow Chase Dentistry, we offer preventive dentistry and know that teens are often just as busy as adults—if not busier. But we also know that good oral and dental hygiene is an essential habit and part of life. If it goes ignored or neglected during formative years, teens may grow up to have poor habits for the rest of their lives, putting themselves at risk of developing serious oral health problems, including gum disease and tooth decay.
You can help your teens develop a regular brushing routine by taking the following steps:
Set a good example – Even if you don’t think your teens pay attention to what you do, studies show that children of all ages emulate their parents. By brushing your teeth twice per day, especially during times when they can see you do it (such as in the morning before work and school), your teens will be more likely to pick up on the habit themselves.
Make it easy for them – Make sure your teens’ toothbrushes and toothpaste is easily accessible and always replenished and restocked when necessary. By eliminating as many possible excuses or reasons to avoid brushing, teens (and anyone who avoids brushing, for that matter) will be more likely to get into the habit in the morning and before they go to bed.
Go high-tech – It’s no secret that teens love gadgets, and thankfully, the oral care industry is riding high on the tech wave as well. Vibrating toothbrushes have been around for decades, but newer models have features teens love, including feedback, Bluetooth connectivity, and even their own apps that show users how well and effectively they’re brushing their teeth.
Explain the consequences of not brushing – Teens have young teeth that may not have sustained or accumulated much damage in their lifetimes, even if they have bad habits. But over time, bad habits catch up on people who skip brushing. Make sure your teens understand the potential consequences of not brushing regularly, including bad breath, tooth decay, and even general health problems like heart disease.
Get Your Teen an Appointment Today—Call Sango’s Choice for Family Dentistry
All good oral health regimens start with regular visits to the dentist. In addition to providing a thorough cleaning that your teens’ teeth need, they’ll also get early warnings for cavities and gum disease. Contact us at (931) 919-2720 or request an appointment online today!