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Children Dental
Dental Care for Teens

A good start to having “Happy, Healthy Teeth” is to take good care of them.

 

The best way for teens to enjoy a nice smile and healthy teeth is to continue the children dental care habits started early in childhood. Taking care of your teeth properly is extremely important, as bacteria don’t wait until you’re older to strike. They are in your mouth right now, in fact, creating acids that break down your tooth enamel. Left alone, this acid will create holes in your teeth called "cavities," which can mean bad breath, pain and more trips to the dentist Melbourne. It’s actually pretty easy to develop good dental care habits for children. However, teens face special challenges in keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Diet is one factor. Teenagers consume more pop and other sugary liquids than other age groups, which increases risk of cavities and teeth erosion. Just follow these steps:

 

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline.
  • Limit sugary or starchy foods, especially sticky snacks.
  • Visit the dentist Melbourne regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.

 

In addition to helping teeth last a lifetime, a clean mouth simply makes you feel good. It also gives you fresher breath and a nicer looking smile.

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