Dental Care for Teens and Young Adults

Want to avoid cavities? Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, flossing once a day, and limiting sugary snacks and beverages is how you do it.  It’s that simple.  So simple you might be tempted to skip it. Don’t. A great smile can be a huge asset, making you and those around you happier and more comfortable. Make sure to see your dentist regularly, too.

The American Dental Association offers these tips for teens and young adults who want a healthy smile for life. Visit their website for more tips.

Some things to protect your smile:

  • Sealants.  Dental sealants are a special plastic coating that work as a barrier, protecting cavity-prone areas. They are painted onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth and are sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves. Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. However, just because you have sealants doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush and floss every day.
  • Mouthguards.  If you play a sport or are active in things like skateboarding or snowboarding, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard. It may feel funny at first, but mouthguards cushion blows that could otherwise cause injuries to the lips and face and sometimes even jaw fractures. There are different kinds, so ask your dentist which one is right for you.