Tips for Active Teens

During teen-age years the last of the permanent teeth are just coming in.  If necessary, and you haven’t already visited with your dentist about it, now is a good time to consider bite corrections and tooth alinement. But even if your teen does not need braces or other drastic measures, here is a summary of “good habits” to keep the pearly whites at their best!

1) The Basics

Brush and floss regularly.

Don’t skip dental check-ups.

Have sealants applied and checked as new teeth come in.

2) Safety

If you are taking part in a contact sport, wear a mouth-guard to avoid breaking or chipping a tooth.

If you wear braces, don’t eat kinds of food that could get lodged in the wires.

Consider wearing a night guard to protect the soft tissue from being accidentally snagged by the wires.

Don’t smoke. Not only is it detrimental to your overall health, it affects your teeth and mouth adversely.

3) Cosmetics

Avoid piercing lips and tongue. The bacteria in your mouth could cause infections.

Don’t smoke. Did we state that already? Smoking is not only harmful, it will eventually lead to discolored teeth.

Tooth care at its best is a  matter of taking small consistent steps, and as such, not too difficult or time consuming –  even for a teenager preoccupied with a million other “important” things.

Please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Mead if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth and dental health.


Dr. Mead is an educator in the dental field, as well as an experienced family dentist with his practice located in Purcell, Oklahoma.
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