Helping Your Teen Achieve Independent Oral Health Care

As children get older and become more independent it gets harder and harder for parents to have a direct influence on their child’s dental care. When your child makes this transition into adolescence it seems that schedules become more crowded and teens get more responsibility. Often responsibility over their oral health care is pushed to the side and before you know it dental issues arise. It’s important to catch these issues early on. Here are some tips that will help you and your teen to keep dental care a priority.

Keep dental supplies in a convenient spot

It’s always nice when you get to use a new toothbrush right? Your teen feels the same way. They may feel independent but they aren’t buying their own toothbrush yet. Make sure there’s plenty of toothpaste, floss and mouthwash available.

Orthodontic Consultation

You can get braces at any age but it is most common during the teenage years. During this time your teen grows so fast including their facial muscles and bones. Our office can guide you in the direction you and your teen need to go and see what options are best for you. There are many options available that may surprise you.

Healthy Habits

It’s hard to control what your kids eat especially when they aren’t with you. But you can make sure you have healthy food choices in your home. Having a good variety of healthy food and snacks will allow them to still choose for themselves while staying healthy at the same time.

A healthy smile is an attractive smile

Teenagers are certainly more aware of their looks during this time that almost any other time in their lives. You can use this to your advantage by emphasizing how attractive a healthy smile can be. It is one of the top reasons each of us cares for our teeth. A white, healthy, sparkling smile is what we all want right?

Regular Dental Checkups

It’s important that regular dental checkups are a priority. We know that you and your family are busy but don’t neglect this area of your teens life. If you do it could affect their overall health, including self esteem. Don’t tell your teen this, but they are still kids and it’s your job to stay on top of dental appointments. Show teens the importance of regular dental care and checkups, a habit that will benefit them the rest of their life. Give Clark Family Dental a call and schedule an appointment for your tee today!

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