The decay of the teeth is a common problem for many children during the teenage years. There are some tips that can be followed to reduce this risk.
 
Avoid Soda
 
Many teens enjoy drinking soda, but it is dangerous for the teeth. The sugar in the soda is a contributor to cavities. In addition, the acidic flavors that are found in both sweetened and unsweetened sodas can damage the tooth enamel.
 
If teenagers won’t give up the soda, there are some tips that will minimize the effects.
 
Sip soda from a straw to avoid contact with teeth.
Rinse with mouth or brush after drinking soda.
 
Sports Protection
 
Many teenagers engage in contact sports and this can lead to oral injuries. The easiest way to avoid dental issues is to wear a mouthguard during practice and games. 
 
These can be custom-fitted by your dentist or you can purchase a generic model at the store. Either way, be sure it is kept clean by rinsing it after every use and store it in a ventilated container.
 
Eating Habits
 
Teens tend to look for quick food to eat and many of them aren’t nutritious. Between schoolwork, after-school activities and jobs, teenagers can be very busy. These bad eating habits will quickly lead to deteriorated health and dental care.
 
Opt to carry healthy snacks when on the go instead. Some options include:
 
Apples
Cheese
Carrot sticks
 
In addition, it would be wise to have your teen carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with them. Then, it will be easier to brush after meals and snacks.
 
As a backup plan, they can chew sugarless gum with xylitol. This natural sweetener helps to cleanse the mouth of dirt and debris. Swishing the mouth with water can also help to wash away harmful substances.
 
Oral Piercings
 
Teenagers who get their tongue or mouth pierced can easily chip a tooth while sleeping or eating. This fracture will require a filling or possibly even a root canal to repair.
 
In addition, oral piercings can often lead to mouth infections. The tongue is delicate and can swell after the piercing. Sometimes, this will turn into an infection that can become so dangerous it interferes with normal breathing. In rare occasions, piercing equipment can be contaminated and spread hepatitis or other blood-borne illnesses.
 
It is just as important for teenagers to visit your Las Vegas dentist twice a year. During these visits, your teenager can learn more tips on maintaining a bright and beautiful smile. 
 

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