Parsippany, NJ – Preteen and teen years may prove some of the toughest for teeth. While every stage of life brings a new set of oral health issues, the mouth is often beset by unique combinations of internal and external factors such as hormones, social pressures and lifestyle changes, often converging with deleterious effects on teeth.
“As kids become more independent, their diets, hygiene and fashion choices combined with physiological changes can result in damage to teeth and gums,” said Dr. Scott Navarro, dental director, Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey. “Adolescents should be encouraged to keep up their good, lifelong oral health practices and be aware of certain relevant risk factors.”
Dr. Navarro said that those factors include:
“For most teenagers, remaining vigilant about oral hygiene should help them get through the teen years with their oral health intact,” said Dr. Navarro. “As always, it remains important to brush at least twice daily, floss once each day and visit a dentist regularly for checkups.”
Source: Delta Dental