Do you have a teenager in your household? We know you are picking your battles. Adolescence is a difficult stage to parent as they test their own judgement and strive for more independence. However, in your concern for their grades, driving skills and curfew, don’t forget about their dental health. Teenagers can face specific threats to their oral health during this (often turbulent) season of change.
Is your teen’s smile health at risk due to the following common habits?
Pencil Chewing and Nail Biting – Adolescence can be quite stressful. The extra tension and anxiety can trigger your teen to chew on pencils during class, chomp ice while texting or bite their nails when studying. Whatever the oral habit is, it can wreak havoc on their pearly whites over time.
Late-Night Snacking – Teenagers are known for raiding the pantry at all hours of the day, including late at night when they may have already brushed their teeth. If these snacks are high in sugars and starch, it can be a quick recipe for cavities.
Smoking and Vaping – No parent wants to think that their teen is exploring cigarettes. However, smoking and vaping are still trending among the adolescent population. Take the time to warn your child about the dangers of nicotine on their oral health, which ranges from discolored teeth and bad breath to gum disease and more. E-cigarettes contain nicotine too!
Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks – Whether they are coming off the practice field or trying to stay up late to cram for a test, it is not uncommon to find a sports drink or energy drink in the hands of a teenager. While they may give them a boost of energy, these beverages contain loads of sugar and acids, which often leads to enamel erosion and tooth decay.
Lazy Brushing and Missed Dental Visits– Your teen is undoubtedly gaining independence. They bathe and dress themselves and may even be driving or making their own meals. However, in their quest for “doing it all on their own,” can you trust your child with their oral hygiene and routine dental appointments. Neglecting to brush and floss daily or skipping a dental checkup is a welcome invitation for dental health problems.
Convenient Dental Care for Teens
At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we are happy to take care of your teenager’s smile. We understand the unique oral health challenges that adolescents face. Along with bad habits, teens may also need extra cleanings while in braces or a custom mouthguard while playing sports. Call our Roswell office today to book your child’s dental visit.