Teach your Teen Healthy Dental Habits
Monkey see, monkey do. As a parent, it’s something you always have to be thinking about. You have a lot of influence over your child’s habits, especially their health habits. When they see you brush and floss your teeth, they’re much more likely to do the same. Not only then will your teen have healthier teeth, but you will too.
There are a few things you can do that will instill healthy habits in your teen.
Brush and floss daily. It sounds simple, but it’s true. Brush at least twice and floss at least once every day. Hopefully you’ve been helping your child do the same since they were little, but the more they see you do it, the more likely they are to repeat the habit.
Drink water. Most water in the United States contains fluoride, which is a big help for creating strong teeth. It also helps flush out any bacteria or debris that may be stuck between their teeth. Make sure your teen is drinking enough water. If you go to the fridge, grab a bottle for yourself and a bottle for them.
Visit the dentist. It’s easier to say no to dental visits once you get older, but if you don’t go to the dentist, your teen might be encouraged to do the same once they are no longer living under your roof.
The most important part of all these things is to watch your kid. There are other dental issues that are common among teenagers that originate from things like oral piercings and eating disorders. Unfortunately, both are common among teens and need to be monitored. Simply brushing your teeth and drinking water won’t solve everything.
Dr. Real wants to make sure both you and your teenager have the healthiest teeth possible. If you notice your teen is having dental issues, call Dr. Real to make an appointment at (714) 525-2888.