Oral Health Changes in Puberty - Page 2
A child who is happy with their smile will likely smile more. This may promote more self confidence. Self confidence should be developed as early as possible. This is one of the reasons it is recommended to start orthodontic treatment early. Most orthodontic treatments will last from one to three years. Therefore plan accordingly so that most treatments end by the age of 16.
The final determinant of oral health that is important at this age is nutrition. Proper diet not only affects overall health but oral health as well. Unfortunately, the American Diet is loaded with sugar. Many processed foods, although convenient and affordable, are full of sugar. Bacteria found in the oral cavity feed on this sugar. This, combined with poor oral hygiene, will lead to tooth decay. The breakdown of teeth this early will most likely lead to future dental problems. Therefore start good nutrition habits early with your kids. Start reading the labels & reduce the amount of sugar intake per day.
If you’ve followed this advice, your teenager has a beautiful smile & is eating well & brushing regularly. As a parent, you’ve done your job to develop good habits early. Now your advice as your children transition to young adults is crucial.
Women in their reproductive years present with a new set of challenges when it comes their oral health. This will be discussed in part 3 of our story – Dental Health In The Reproductive Years.