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Your teen deserves a strong and healthy smile. Unfortunately, for your teen, this smile goal might be a little tough. This is why our dentist, Dr. Steven Sachs, considers teen oral care a two-person job. The parents can step in and guide their teen to the smile they need. To help you do so, our dental team has some tips for you.

First, encourage your teen to keep their smile in tip-top shape. They might not know how to do so, so make sure to give them the instructions they need. Tell them to brush their teeth every morning and night, floss their teeth once a day, rinse their mouth daily, and attend their dental checkups every six months. To help your teen care for their smile, keep oral hygiene tools at their disposal, like soft-bristled toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste, and floss that is easy to use.

Second, set a good example for your teen by caring for your smile as well. If your teen sees you brush, floss, rinse, and visit the dentist, then they are more likely to do it as well. Plus, you won’t appear as a hypocrite. Your teen might also learn that oral hygiene is for everyone—not just them.

Third, keep your kitchen pantry and cupboards free of junk food. This is important because junk food can promote dental issues, like cavities and enamel erosion. It’s better to have tooth-healthy foods around the house for your teen to snack on, like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

To learn more about teen oral care in Orem, Utah, or to ask our dental team questions, please contact Sachs Family Dental today at 801-225-4701 at your earliest convenience. When you reach out to us, we will be more than happy to give you the answers and information you need. We look forward to your phone call!