Many of our parents mention how difficult it can be to get their teenagers to practice good oral hygiene. You’re not alone! The teenage years are prime for junk food, soda consumption, and in some cases, an indifference to daily brushing and flossing.
Although it may be challenging, motivating teens toward better oral health care is extremely important. For the teenagers of this generation, a parent’s best bet of making oral hygiene more fun may be technology!
Oral Health Tech Can Pique Your Teen’s Interest
Motivate your teenagers to engage in good oral hygiene by showing them these gadgets for their morning and nightly routine:
- Electric Toothbrush: our top choice is a Sonicare.
- Power Flosser: With a flexible nylon tip that slips easily in between teeth, a power flosser will floss your teeth with up to 10,000 gentle tip strokes per minute. It’s fast and fun!
- Air Flosser: Another alternative to conventional flossing, the air flosser cleans out debris and plaque by shooting quick bursts of air and water in between teeth.
- Natural Sweeteners: Many trendy new snacks and candies contain non-sugar sweeteners. Xylitol, for example, is in many snack foods these days and is effective in fighting off plaque and cavities. Research shows that xylitol protects teeth from decay by preventing bacteria from sticking to teeth and keeping a neutral pH level in the mouth. Good stuff.
Start Good Habits When They’re Young
Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in young people between the ages of 5 and 17, according to the CDC. Crazy, isn’t it? Good oral health habits are best established early so that when your children do become teenagers, they already have an oral hygiene routine and an understanding of why it’s important.
As your Tigard, Beaverton, and Portland pediatric dentist, we love working together with you to develop your child’s healthy dental habits.