As your child ages, especially during his or her teenage years, it will be your job to hand over the responsibility of taking care of your child’s teeth. This means it will be your child who has to make sure his or her teeth are brushed after every meal. Although there is quite a bit involved in properly taking care of one’s mouth, your teenager should not feel overwhelmed with dental hygiene. To make sure your child is doing all that he or she can, make sure you hang up an oral health checklist in your child’s bathroom as well as regularly visiting a kids’ dentist. The checklist should outline the following tips and it should be written as if it is talking directly to your teen.
· Skip the chips and chocolate and eat an apple. Eating unhealthy foods is not only bad for your teeth, but it can be detrimental to your overall health. Childhood obesity and diabetes are becoming more prevalent, so make sure you’re making healthy food choices.
· Please buckle up in the car. Not only will wearing a seat belt help protect your mouth, it can also save your life if you’re in an accident.
· Brush and floss after every meal. Also consider chewing sugarless gum after each meal; this will help make your breath fresh, and it also helps to prevent tooth decay. Did you know Xylitol, a sugar alcohol used in sugarless gum, actually kills the bacteria that cause decay!
· Do you have a game tonight? If so, make sure you pack your mouth guard, and more importantly, make sure you wear it during your game. You don’t want your permanent teeth getting knocked out do you? Wearing a mouth guard is one of the best things you can do to protect your teeth while playing sports.
· Forget about getting your tongue pierced. You might think it looks cool, but as you age, you may come to realize it was just a phase you were going through. Oral piercings can damage the teeth. To have the best dental hygiene possible, you should skip over the oral piercings.