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Feb 21

Top 6 Tips for a Healthy Smile

Posted By iamincontrol | February 21, 2013

Teenage boy smiling
What’s the first thing someone notices when they meet you?  Most of the time it’s your smile, so it’s important to take care of your teeth.  Teenagers like you are at risk for getting cavities, gum disease, and even injuries in their mouths.  Keep your pearly whites healthy and lower your risk for cavities by following these tips.

Top 6 Tips for a Healthy Smile:

  • Want a pop?  Try to have only one soda or sport drink a day and don’t sip on it all day long.  The sugars and acids in pop can quickly erode your tooth enamel.  Quench your thirst with fluoridated water instead. 
  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco is doesn’t do your teeth any favors.  It can stain your teeth and may cause cancer. 
  • Stinky breath?  Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss before going to bed.  This will help get rid of the gross plaque that causes cavities and gum disease.
  • Just because you’re a teenager doesn’t mean you’re too cool to see the  dentist. Go at least once a year to prevent problems before they start.   
  • A tongue ring may look awesome, but it can also cause infections and chip your teeth.  Avoid getting piercings in or around your mouth. 
  • Wearing a mouth guard = keeping your teeth.  Avoid injuries to your mouth while playing contact sports, skateboarding, or rollerblading.

Practicing healthy dental habits can make it so your smile stays healthy and bright for years to come. 

Want to learn more?  Go here for more in depth articles on how teen dental health is affected by piercings, grills, soda, etc.

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