Importance of Dental Health: Teeth Tips For Teens

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As a teenager, you have so many things to worry about: what you’re going to do this weekend, who didn’t text you back, whether or not you got all your homework done, and so much more. Since you’re so busy and stressed out, the last thing you want to do is start listening to your parents. But, unfortunately, there is at least one aspect of your life that your parents are probably right about: protecting your teeth.

You’ve heard the spiel about taking care of your teeth over and over again, but it’s imperative that all that advice doesn’t fall on deaf ears. If you neglect your teeth during your teenage years, you’re going to have a rough time in your 20s and 30s, and a much more painful and costly time in your 40s and 50s. Poor dental hygiene can haunt you for the rest of your life, so you might as well start taking care of your teeth now while you still can.

Here are some basic and advanced tips for preventing serious dental issues during your teenage years and beyond:

    • Brush multiple times a day — Though your parents might sound like a broken record, they are right about the importance of brushing your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, you should be brushing at least twice a day, but brushing after each meal is an even better idea.
    • Visit family dentists for advanced dental work — Even if you are attempting to take care of your teeth, you still might need some cosmetic dental work, and that’s okay. The worst thing you can do if you’re in need of quality dental work is to ignore your teeth issues. Whether you need root canals, dental implants, or other procedures done, you’re better off getting them over and done with so you can get on with your life.
  • Stop eating like a 10-year-old — The occasional piece of candy can still be great, but you can’t eat like it’s the day after Halloween every day. If you constantly eat candy or drink sugary beverages, your teeth are going to be ruined by the time you graduate high school. Cut it with the sweets and start eating a little healthier.

Your teenage years will be much better if you have a healthy and nice smile. Start taking better care of your teeth to avoid horrible issues down the line. Contact Gainesville Dental Associates today if you want to learn more about proper dental hygiene.