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Like most children, teens often need reminders to ensure they stay on course with their studies, chores, and healthy habits. Oral health is a vital component to your teen's overall wellbeing. And as your child grows, they may have more freedom to make choices which could affect their oral health.

-Skip the sugary drinks. Tooth decay happens when sugar in the mouth is metabolized by bacteria. Limiting sugar, especially sports drinks and soda, will help to reduce the chances of tooth decay. If possible, have your teen brush their teeth or drink water after sugary foods.

-Mouth guards are a must! Oral sports injuries can be painful and long-lasting. To help prevent oral injuries, make your teen's mouth guard a required part of their sports equipment.

-Consider sealants. Dental sealants act as a barrier to stop tooth decay. In a 2016 report, the CDC determined "school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants."

-Talk about tobacco. Tobacco, even smokeless, stains teeth and deadens taste buds. But more importantly, tobacco increases the risks of gum disease, tooth loss, and cancer.

- Reinforce good dental habits. Continue to encourage your teen to brush their teeth for two minutes twice daily and floss.

At Columbia River Dental, we care about your teen's oral health. If you have concerns about your teen and their oral health, call to schedule an appointment today. We can help evaluate needs for braces or talk to your teen about the importance of good dental hygiene habits.

Columbia River Dental.

230 Columbia Blvd, St. Helens, OR 97501

(503) 397-0080