As teens continue to grow, they’re faced with certain dental issues, such as getting braces or having their wisdom teeth removed. Many of these procedures are a normal part of life, while others are proactive steps dentists take to help ensure a lifetime of oral health.

Here are a few tips you can discuss with your teen:

Bad Breath: Bad breath, also known as halitosis, usually comes from bacteria that form on the tongue. In many cases, a simple change in your teen’s personal oral hygiene habits can do the trick. Brush teeth and tongue twice a day, floss every night and visit your dentist every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning.

Whitening Options: Whitening those pearly whites at home can be done using a whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, bleach trays, and even mouthwash! Most dental offices offer an in-office whitening treatment as well.

Tobacco Use: Tobacco products contain toxins that cause various types of cancer, gum disease, bad breath, teeth stains, and a diminished sense of smell. It’s easier to kick a smoking habit earlier rather than later.

Oral Piercings: Oral piercings can have negative effects on the health of your tongue, lips, cheeks, and uvula. Many of these problems caused by oral piercings include speech impairment, fractured teeth, and gingival recession.

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