|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
January 18, 2017
We all know how important it is to maintain good oral health. When you maintain healthy oral health habits, then you are on your way to great overall health. If you can keep your teeth healthy when you are younger, then the teeth will last longer throughout your life. When we are young there are different challenges that we face then when we get older when it comes to oral health. Teenagers need to keep in mind their oral health along with all their other worries. There are some specific things that teenagers do that can really harm their teeth.
Soda is everywhere when we are young. It is in the school, at the park, at the movies, at home and many more places teen go. Teens drink more soda now than they ever have in the past. In 1977, 12 to 19 year olds drank an average of 16 ounces of soda a day. By 1996 the same age group consumed an average of 28 ounces of soda a day. While we all know how harmful the sugar in soda is, the acidic flavor additives can be just as harmful. The acid can erode and damage the tooth enamel. If you love soda, there are ways to consume it and minimize the damage to the teeth. Drinking soda through a straw cuts down on the amount of contact between the soda and the teeth. To help reduce cavities, rinse the mouth out with water after drinking a soda.
Tongue and lip piercings are popular with many teens. While it might be a cool thing to do, it is not a healthy choice for the mouth. Many people can chip a tooth on the piercing while they are eating, sleeping, talking and chewing. Fractured teeth are very common for those who have a tongue piercing. The fracture can be as simple as requiring a filling or it could be serious enough to require a root canal or extraction. Infections are also very common with oral piercings. The infection can be painful and sometimes it can cause the tongue to swell so much that it can actually cut off breathing.
When we are young, we are always in a hurry and normally don’t take the time to properly eat a good meal. A quick “nutrition” bar or fast food might be easy to get, but they are not healthy. This fast paced lifestyle could cause permanent damage to a teen’s oral and overall health. If you are so busy with school or work that you can’t find the time to properly take care of your teeth, there are some things that can be done to help. Keep a travel size tooth brush in your locker or bag. Chewing sugar-less gum after meals or snacks can help to cleanse the mouth out. Drinking water throughout the day can help clean the teeth or excess bacteria and food debris.
Just like children and adults, it is important for teens to keep seeing their dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning. Regular check-ups help to catch any minor problems before they become a major problem. Keep brushing the teeth twice a day and floss daily.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.