Your dentist, Dr. Bradley Austin, and dental team think it’s important for your teen to have a top-notch oral health and smile. In fact, your teen deserves strong and healthy teeth and gums. Unfortunately, these goals might be tough for your teen to achieve alone, which is why we consider teen oral care a two-person job. If possible, help your teen keep their smile and oral health in tip-top shape by doing these things:
First, encourage your teen to keep their smile in top-notch condition, and give them instructions on how to do so. Instruct them to brush their teeth twice a day (every morning and night), floss their teeth once a day, rinse their mouth daily, and visit Austin Dental Associates every six months for their routine exam and cleaning. These tasks can help them prevent cavities, tooth stains, bad breath, missing teeth, and other problems. To help them brush, floss, and rinse, make sure to keep soft-bristled toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste, and floss around the house. To help them keep up with their checkups, make the appointment for them and remind them about it as it approaches.
Second, set a good example for your teen by keeping your smile in top-notch condition as well. If your teen sees you thoughtfully care for your teeth and gums, then they are more likely to do the same. Plus, your teen might learn that oral hygiene is for everyone, which could help them have a great oral hygiene routine in the future as well.
Third, try not to have junk food around the house. This can help reduce the chances of tooth decay and enamel erosion affecting the smile. Instead of junk food, keep plenty of tooth-healthy foods (like fruits, vegetables, dairy products) around the house.
Call Austin Dental Associates today at 651-777-0788 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about teen oral care in Maplewood, Minnesota. Our dental team is here to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!