Teenagers aren’t always the cleanest or most orderly people to keep up after. The level of care they put into their rooms and their cars often transfers over into their oral hygiene. The information below shows 5 ways your teen is hurting his teeth that you might not even know about. Try to help your child get past these issues for the sake of his smile.
Lip and Tongue Piercings
Facial piercings may look cool, but they can do a lot of damage to you teen’s teeth. Over time, these piercings will wear away at the enamel, which could lead to chipping, gum recession, tooth sensitivity, and more. If you’re going to give in about a piercing, stick to one that’s away from the mouth. Noses, eyebrows, belly buttons – there are plenty of alternatives.
Ever see your teen gnawing on an ink pen or munching on ice chips? Doing so could damage your child’s teeth permanently. If your teen feels compelled to chew, buy him some sugarless gum to munch on. This will keep his jaws occupied without hurting his teeth.
Cigarettes and Chewing Tobacco
Smoking may be considered the “cool thing” to do, but it is not good for any aspect of your child’s health. Smoking has been linked to a number of serious health concerns, including mouth cancer, tongue cancer, lung cancer, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and gum disease. If your child already smokes, try switching him to vapor cigarettes to ease him away from tobacco products. Then reduce the amount of nicotine in each vapor packet until there is none left.
Junk Foods and Soda
One of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy smile is eating a balanced diet. Teenagers are quick to grab a bag of chips and a soda for lunch without thinking about the way that may impact their teeth. Talk to your teen about his diet and see if there is a way to modify it. At the very least, make sure any meals that you make at home are healthy and balanced.
Lazy Dental Habits
At the end of the day, teenagers are just lazy. There is no other way to say it. If your child applies this lazy attitude to his oral hygiene, the results could be terrible. You can’t exactly brush your teenager’s teeth for him, but you can maintain good oral health habits yourself. Lead by example.
Also make sure that your teen comes in for dental cleanings twice a year so we can have a look at his smile. Sometimes a stern look of concern from the dentist is all it takes to get a kid to brush his teeth.