Your teenage years can be a turbulent time for your teeth if you don’t dedicate enough time to care for them properly. A few minutes of careful brushing and flossing a day coupled with saying no to the occasional fizzy drink and opting for tap water instead can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and strong.
Read on for more tips on how to keep your teeth in top shape.
Say No to Soda
No matter how good it might taste, there’s no getting around the fact that fizzy drinks are bad for your teeth – even those that claim they had low amounts of sugar still aren’t doing you any favours. We’re not suggesting you stop drinking them completely, but taking it easy every now and then with a glass of water will do your mouth a big favour.
Focus on Flossing
Don’t skimp when it comes to brushing and flossing your teeth. It might not be the most interesting 5 minutes of your life, but it’s a lot better than sitting through a painful, expensive dental treatment due to cavities.
Spend a good couple of minutes brushing your teeth carefully, and ask your dentist at your next check-up to make sure you’re flossing properly and reaching as much of your mouth as possible. If you’re curious to see if you’re doing a good job, ask your parents to buy a teeth-stain that reveals how much plaque is left on your teeth once you’ve finished brushing. This is also a great way to find out where you need to be focusing your attention.
Keep Track of Changes
If you’ve started to notice that you’ve been waking up with headache, jaw ache, or sensitive teeth, this could be a sign of bruxism – a condition where you grind your teeth in your sleep. One cause of bruxism is stress, so if you’ve been having a particularly stressful times with school or friends, it could be affecting you in ways you weren’t aware of.
If you’ve noticed anything new or different about your teeth and gums, bring it up with your dentist in your next check-up and see what advice or help they can offer.
Stick to Food and Drink
Your mouth is there to help you breathe, eat, drink, and talk, and the more you keep it that way, the better you’ll fare. What we mean is, there more foreign objects you put into your mouth, the higher the risk of damage to your teeth. Smoking, for instance, can cause teeth to become yellowed, and lip, tongue, or cheek piercings can result in chipped teeth or mouth infections. Avoiding cigarettes and piercings can only be a good thing for your oral health.
Here is a list of Foods to Avoid if You Want White Teeth.
Stay Safe in Sport
Mouthguards may not feel completely natural, but they’re well worth the weird sensation if it means keeping your teeth protected. Wearing a mouthguard during sport – especially sports where you may be at risk of having your face hit either another person or the floor – could save you from chipped and broken teeth, root damage, and loss of teeth.
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