Dental Tips for Teens: 4 Steps To a Healthy Mouth and a Bright Smile

18 May 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

teen girl smiling high schoolYour smile is your most noticeable accessory. It’s the first thing new friends will notice and it’s the last thing you should neglect. Most people find that with each passing year, their lives just get busier and busier. It’s not always easy to find the time to floss or visit the dentist for a cleaning. But the better you take care of your mouth now, the less time you’ll have to spend in the dentist’s chair later.

Cigarettes are equally as addictive as heroin: Just don’t start.

During the 1920s, cigarette ads promised women they’d look glamorous if they smoked, and hinted to men that they’d have the vitality of a pro baseball player if they picked up a pack of Lucky Strikes. Camel proudly proclaimed that more physicians smoked it than any other brand. Don’t believe it? Just Google Image it and see for yourself. Fortunately, we know better now, and so do doctors and dentists.

Cigarettes are a public health crisis. They lead to disfiguring diseases and surgeries that can rob you of your beauty, your natural voice, and yes, your teeth and jaw. Since cigarettes are also equally as addictive as heroin (and according to some anecdotal reports, harder to quit than heroin), just don’t start. Period. You and your beautiful smile deserve better.

Wear a mouthguard when you play sports.

Lots of teens love sports as a way to have fun with friends, get competitive, get physically fit, and flesh out their college applications. If you’re one of them, talk to a dentist about getting a custom-fit mouthguard. It’ll protect your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth from severe impact injuries. Even if you don’t play a full-contact sport like football, it’s a good idea to get and regularly wear a mouthguard. Those lacrosse players can get pretty aggressive on the field!

Make time for flossing.

We get it. Flossing is a pain. It takes time, and it’s the last thing you feel like doing when you’re exhausted and just want to get to bed. But it’s also super important. It’s impossible to clean between your teeth with just brushing alone. And if you skip flossing, you might have the remnants of your last few meals hanging out between your teeth. Pretty gross, right? Evict that food debris and bacteria with a nice long strand of floss every single night.

Ask about invisible aligners.

Metal brackets and wires are a nightmare for adolescents. It’s a difficult time in your life already—who wants to deal with braces when you’re worried about schoolwork, dating, and friends? Ask your parents to take you to a cosmetic dentist who offers Invisalign aligners in Suffolk County. It’s just as effective as regular braces, it’s affordable, and it’s discreet.

Answers to your cosmetic dentistry questions

As a teen with a bright future ahead of you, you’re naturally concerned about the health and beauty of your smile. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, it’s our mission to give you the self-confidence that a great smile brings. Ask us about our popular cosmetic treatments, like Invisalign, teeth whitening, and dental bonding. You or your parent can call our office in Suffolk County, Long Island, at 631.319.9509.

Additional oral health resources for teens:

  1. American Dental Association, Concerns, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/teens/concerns
  2. Council on Chemical Abuse, National Drug Facts Week: Nicotine vs. Heroin, http://www.councilonchemicalabuse.org/ndfw-nicotine-vs-heroin.html
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