Getting adolescents to take care of their teeth can be a challenge. The consequences of poor dental hygiene, such as gum disease, are not concern for kids of this age, who are more focused on the here and now. And there’s more to good dental hygiene than brushing. Here’s what your adolescent, and everyone in the family—should be doing to promote good dental care:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes.
- Floss daily.
- Go to the dentist for a cleaning and checkup every six months.
- Limit sugary drinks and sticky foods that promote cavities. A 20-ounce soda contains up to 17 teaspoons of sugar!
How can you get your adolescent to follow through? To make brushing less of a chore, perhaps he could floss and brush while listening to his iPod. If that doesn’t work, appeal to your teen’s vanity. Threats of cavities and gum disease may not sway him. But yellow teeth and bad breath might get his attention—and persuade him to start brushing!
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