Teen Oral Health


Everyone wants a beautiful smile. Bad breath, stained teeth, decaying teeth, gum disease, tooth loss and dental erosion are not welcome during any period of our our lives and especially during the teen years.

Dental decay and gum disease is a big problem for teenagers. Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in young people between the ages of 5 and 17. Younger children typically attend dental appointments with their parents while teens have more control over their free time and tend to blow off a visit the dentist for regular checkups. That means that many teen don't get the level of dental care that they need and that can result in lots of cavities and gum disease.


Common sense is a rule of thumb at this age when it comes to dental care or anything. Lax dental care combined with hormonal changes that occur during puberty could be detrimental to a teen's dental and oral health.

The results will affect their smile, levels of confidence and their happiness so it is important that they follow these simple rules.

  • Limit snacking
  • Limit soda drinking
  • Don't start smoking
  • Don't do illegal drugs
  • Encourage the use of mouth guards when playing sports
  • Check for early signs of teeth grinding
  • Avoid oral piercings

Just like adults, teens should visit their dentist at least twice a year. Regular dental visits and cleanings not only help keep teeth bright and shiny (a boost to any teens self-esteem), they can also help catch minor problems before they become worse.

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