When it comes to caring for your teen's teeth, you want to ensure that they have the best smile possible. Thankfully, there are quite a few ways to do this. If you're looking for tips on how to care for your teen's smile, here are five things to keep in mind.
First off, you need to make sure that your teen has a good dentist to go to. Do some research and consider speaking to multiple options via a consultation before making the decision that is right for you and your family. Over 20,000 medical malpractice claims are filed every year, and you don't want to risk adding to these numbers by going to just anyone.
2. Get Any Needed Treatments Done Early
Dental treatments such as braces are easier and quicker to have done at an earlier age. This is because the problems are usually not as severe as they've had less time to progress. Getting teeth straightening treatments can also help boost your teen's self-esteem, especially if you choose to use less noticeable methods like Invisalign. When surveyed, 47% of teens with Invisalign said that they experienced a boost in confidence after starting treatment. Only 22% of teens with metal braces said the same. Work with your teen's dentist to decide which options are right for them, and take care of any problems sooner rather than later.
3. Practice Good Dental Habits as a Family
You may think that your teen doesn't listen, but in reality, they are still learning and following your examples. When it comes to caring for your teeth, what you eat and drink matters. So consider setting down as a family and discussing how you can start making better choices together. Things like cutting out sugary foods and drinks can have a huge impact on dental health.
4. Talk to them About Certain Piercings
Teenagers love experimenting with their appearances, and this can sometimes involve getting piercings. Oral piercings, in particular, can be dangerous if not taken care of. They can also rub against the teeth and cause enamel erosion or chipping. If you allow your teen to get an oral piercing, talk to them about how to properly care for it both during and after healing. You should also advise them to remain cautious when it comes to the types of jewelry they wear. Speak to both your dentist and your teen's piercer to learn more about what choices are right for them.
5. Support Them
One of the biggest things you can do as a parent is support them every step of the way. For instance, if your teen requires oral surgery, they can feel stressed out and even scared. Something as simple as gifting them a simple plant can make a huge difference in making them feel better. A large bouquet like this will definitely put a smile on your teen's face once the anesthesia wears off.
Taking care of your teen's teeth is a big responsibility, but it doesn't need to be tough. By supporting them and working together as a family you can help set them up for success both now and in the future.
If it's been a while since your teen has last seen a dentist, consider researching local options and having them come with you to a consultation so that they can have a say in who they ultimately go to. By including them in the decision, you can help them feel more secure and slightly happier about having to go to the dentist.
Devin is a writer and an avid reader. When she isn't lost in a book or writing, she's busy in the kitchen trying to perfect her slow cooker recipes. You can find her poetry published in The Adirondack Review and Cartridge Lit.