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Unfortunately, there are many things that can harm your teen’s smile, like bacteria, sugar, and acid. If you and your teen are not careful, the teeth and gums can suffer the consequences, like cavities, gum disease, broken braces, and enamel erosion. This can lead to many problems and treatments. To help you help your teen care for their smile, our pediatric dentists encourage you to do the following things:

-Make sure they brush, floss, and rinse. These tasks help clean the teeth and gums regularly. So, make sure they use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush twice a day, a flossing product that is easy to use to floss once a day, and antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash to rinse their mouth daily.

-If they have braces, make sure they follow the hygiene instructions provided by their orthodontist. This means they need to avoid the foods that damage the braces and promote dental issues, like chewy and sticky foods. They also need to clean their teeth, gums, and appliance regularly by brushing and flossing after every meal.

-Make sure they attend their dental checkups every six months. This is vital because the treatments provided help prevent the most dangerous dental issues in the world today: tooth decay and gum disease. So, make sure they keep up with their appointments regularly.

To learn more about oral hygiene in Ventura, California, please contact our dental team at Sunny Smiles Dentistry. All you need to do is dial 805-644-5516 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!