Skip ToContent
Main Content

Helping Your Teenager Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Young teenage girl smilingTeenagers have it tough. They’re trying to exert control over their own lives, but are still technically children. As they try to figure things out on their own, you may notice that you have less control over your child’s hygiene, physical and dental. While you can’t pin your teenager down and brush his teeth for him, there are a few things you can do to encourage him to care for his own oral health. 

Helping Teens Practice Good Oral Hygiene 

Below are a few ways you can encourage your teenager to care for his or her teeth without being accused of nagging: 

  • Don’t run out of dental supplies – It’s unlikely that your teen will let you know when he or she is running low on floss or toothpaste. It’s a good idea to stock up on these items and make sure your teen has enough dental hygiene products in his or her bathroom.
  • Make sure your teen has a mouth guard for sports – If you have a teen who participates in sports, it’s very important to make sure he or she has a mouth guard. A mouth guard will protect the teeth in the event of a blow to the mouth. Mouth guards can also decrease the likelihood of concussion.
  • Discourage oral piercings – Luckily, it seems as though the popularity of oral piercings is diminishing, but we still see them sometimes. We recommend that you discourage your child from getting an oral piercing as they can lead to chipped and broken teeth.   

Your teenager’s oral health is very important, especially if he or she is undergoing orthodontic treatment. For more tips on helping your teens maintain good dental health or to make an appointment, please contact Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry here in Dover, New Hampshire.

Posted by

Share:

Archive

Jan 14, 2019, 10:10 PM
Yogurt is a superfood, not just for your child’s body, but for his or her dental health as well! Yogurt is more popular than…
Dec 27, 2018, 9:47 PM
Toothaches are a common symptom of dental disease and almost everyone will experience tooth pain at some point in their life.…
Dec 11, 2018, 3:25 AM
As a parent, you know that kids love snacks! You may also wonder what types of snacks are best for your child’s overall…
Nov 26, 2018, 11:06 PM
The best way for you to help make sure your children have healthy, beautiful teeth is to teach them how to practice good oral…
Nov 9, 2018, 9:06 PM
Pregnancy can be a busy and stressful time and you’re likely to already have a lengthy to-do list for your pregnancy.…
Oct 22, 2018, 9:36 PM
Canker sores are always painful and irritating, but they can be even worse during orthodontic treatment. Braces can cause…
Oct 22, 2018, 8:45 PM
Chronic bad breath can be embarrassing and isolating. While breath mints, sprays, and minty gum can mask the symptoms…
Oct 11, 2018, 6:14 PM
At Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! From the costumes and the decorations to…
Sep 27, 2018, 3:39 PM
For the same reasons that you take your child to see a pediatric doctor instead of a general doctor, you should be bringing…
Sep 17, 2018, 3:58 PM
At Great Outdoors Pediatric dentistry, we know that many of our patients are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment or…