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Being a teenager can be tough. It is a time in person’s life when they are self-conscious about everything. And during the teen years, kids are especially concerned about appearances.

Good oral health is a necessity at every stage in life, and the teen years are a good time to instill or reinforce good dental health habits.

Set a good example for your teen, and encourage her to brush at least twice a day and floss before going to bed. Teens can lead very active lifestyles. Between sports and activities and their smartphones, it’s easy to let dental care fall by the wayside. Besides reminding your teen to keep up with the brushing and flossing, be sure that you practice what you preach. If your child plays sports, talk with Dr. Anthony Scoma about the need for a mouth guard.

During the teen years, peer pressure is at an all time high. Your kids may be tempted to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco. These substances are bad for a person’s overall health, cause problems for developing bodies, and cause many problems with your teen’s mouth and teeth. Talk with your teen about avoiding these substances, and make sure he or she understands the toll they take on a body.

Junk food is another problem. Its no secret that young people love sugary and starchy snacks and meals. You can limit what you have in the house to foods that promote good dental health.

Finally. Make sure that you and your teenager see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Even if your teen has braces, they still need to keep their appointments with their regular dentist as well as their orthodontist.

If it’s time for your teen’s next checkup, call Dr. Scoma at Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc in La Jolla, California, at 858-551-9700 for an appointment. We look forward to seeing your son or daughter soon!