Oral hygiene tips for teenagers
When you become a teenager you experience many changes to your emotions, your body and if that isn’t enough, your dental health.
Here are some dental problems that many teenagers experience and how you can avoid them and keep your smile looking bright and healthy into adulthood.
Smoking and Drinking
As a teenager, many of you will find that you are offered cigarettes or alcohol and some may choose to experiment with the two. Apart from damaging your health, both of these habits can seriously harm your dental health. Smoking can cause bad tooth staining, contribute towards gum disease and can cause mouth cancer.
Alcohol is very high in sugar which can help contribute to tooth erosion and tooth decay.
Many teenagers play sports at school with some belonging to outside clubs and teams. When playing contact sports such as rugby, football and hockey it’s important to make sure that your teeth and mouth are protected. No one wants to end up with cracked, chipped or even knocked out teeth. If your teenager plays a lot of sports then make sure you ask the team at Bamboo Dental about mouthguards as this will give teeth extra protection when out on the field.
It’s important for teenagers to keep a healthy diet, which means keeping sugary sweets and fizzy drinks to a minimum. Try snacking on healthy raw vegetable sticks, nuts or cheese and the risk of decay and gum disease will decrease.
Orthodontic treatments at Bamboo Dental
Many teenagers need some orthodontic attention due to crooked teeth or slight misalignment. Crooked teeth can affect your dental health as it makes it harder to properly clean your teeth if they overlap. Misalignment can contribute to headaches due to the uneven distribution of pressure in the mouth.
Bamboo Dental offers orthodontic treatments such as Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligner and Clear Aligners. Six month smiles can give you the smile that you want in a fraction of the time taken with conventional treatments.
Six Month Smile Braces utilize clear wires and brackets to gently straighten teeth in an average time of only six months! By focusing on the teeth that show when you smile and not making significant bite changes
The Inman Aligner provides the perfect solution to crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value compared to other systems. With the Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-16 weeks and because it’s removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.
Smilelign treatment is completed with a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners. The aligners are changed every two to four weeks for the next stage. Each aligner is carefully designed for your teeth and will move your teeth in very small increments little by little, week by week. You will wear the clear aligners until they have moved your teeth to the final position.
If you’re interested in straightening your teeth call our friendly team on 029 2000 3844 or book here to arrange a consultation.