Tips for Teen Teeth from Pediatric Dentists

dca-blog_teen-dental-girl-toothbrush-pink

Teens worry about almost everything, but don’t seem to have any cares or concerns about their dental health. While growing up, it was parents who made teeth a top concern and took kids to pediatric dentists for regular check-ups. But once teens reach a certain age, they take control of their choices and many choose not to visit the dentist. But their dental health is suffering and they’re sacrificing their smiles. Yet teens won’t neglect their teeth if they can follow these healthy tips.

Limit Soft Drinks

More often than ever, teenagers are reaching for soft drinks to quench their thirst, but the acids and sugars they contain are eating away at their delicate tooth enamel. After years of drinking soft drinks, most teens have serious dental problems and are forced to seek major treatment at affordable family dentistry practices. It’s unlikely that teens will completely stop drinking sodas, so pediatric dentists recommend that they try to reduce the amount they drink, sip through a straw to limit contact with teeth, and rinse their mouths with water after drinking sodas.

Don’t Get Tongue Piercings

Piercing the tongue and mouth has been popular among teens for years, despite the scary stories of problems from their piercings. These piercings can cause teens to chip their teeth while eating, talking, and sleeping. If these chips turn into fractures, a kids dentist may need to perform a root canal or extract the damaged tooth. The most common complaint is infections, which can cause the tongue to get badly swollen and lead to diseases like hepatitis. That’s why pediatric dentists strongly warn against pursuing these piercings.

Practice Proper Dental Hygiene

It seems like teens today are living on fast food and nutrition bars. Busy teens may have a lot to do, but they also have a lot to lose by not eating a well-balanced diet. In addition to harming their overall health, the habits can hurt their dental health. But rather than let bad foods eat away at their teeth, teens need to develop the following good habits:

  • Eat healthy snacks, like veggies, fruits, and low-fat cheese.
  • Keep a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste in a backpack, locker, or handbag so it’s always convenient to brush.
  • Chew sugarless gum after eating to help clean the mouth.
  • Drink water all day to rinse away food debris and bacteria.

Wear a Mouth Guard When Playing Sports

Contact sports are popular with teenagers, but they may not be aware that such sports can cause injuries to the teeth, mouth, and jaw. Athletic teens can protect their smiles by getting a mouth guard to wear during sports. Teens can get these with little cost or effort at an affordable family dentistry practice. But teens must remember to care for these guards by rinsing them often and storing them properly.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Virginia, call Dental One Associates of Virginia today at (855) 979-3337 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Virginia. With 6 affiliated practices throughout Virginia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Virginia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Virginia.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Terrified of the dentist due to a bad experience. Dr. Z and Rhea made me feel so at ease and the staff members were just as great. I only wish I had found your office much sooner. I will definitely […]
Linda W.
Quality service
Tom S.
Great people
Anthony G.
All of the staff are caring, professional, and go out of their way to ensure that your experience is a great one!
Linda W.
Great experience. Got in fast, great staff, clean facility.
Tonya W.
I have not been in to the office is a few years to my misunderstanding of name change not because of staff. every visit has been above my expectations–I am claustrophobic and have panic attacks and […]
Carrol C.
I am afraid of dentists. It’s hard for me judge. Dr’s Janabi and Mohmmed are both very nice and both were more patient and kind to me than I would be were I in their situation. I thank them both.
James D.
I have been with Dental One Associates for many years, and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Every member of the staff is great, and I especially like Tyshia, who takes great care of me. Five stars!
Shelly S.
Great and professional service.
Steve O.
Great work and professional staff
Vincent M.
Great service and care! . from front desk to the dr.s and the stuff. Thank you!
Beruk S.
Very competent and professional as well as friendly.
Elaine P.
I haven’t been to the dentist in a while so I was afraid of what might happen but when i went to Dental One Associates Doctor Chetana Ramistetty and Doctor Trinh Help with my operation and got me […]
Lola T.
The staff welcome you with smiles
Lavette R.
Very efficient, pleasant and professional staff. Dr. Miller is fantastic!
Vince K.
Great office
Joan G.
Terrific service and my child loves his hygienist who clean his teeth
Adrian Z.
Very helpful, caring, friendly staff
Charissa H.
I have been a patient of Dr. Miller for many years. He is a perfectionist in his field and he always insures that a procedure is done exactly right. I know it doesn’t come any better than that!
Sarah D.
The staff are very friendly and supportive
Jolanda F.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here