Oral hygiene | Oral health during adolescence

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Adolescence is a stage of many changes that can affect our oral health.

The stage of transition from children to adults, adolescence, is a difficult period of time and changes in all aspects of our life that, without a doubt, can also affect our mouth and teeth.

Next, we are going to address some aspects that we experience during adolescence, as well as its effect on our mouth and how we can remedy it.

Bad oral hygiene habits
Not having a habit of cleaning our teeth is detrimental to our health. For this reason, it is important that from children we instill the importance of cleaning our mouth and teeth, as well as the regular review of this by professionals to know their condition and possible alterations.

Energy drinks are not beneficial for our teeth due to their high composition of sugars. The excess of these sugars can cause the erosion of the enamel and, as a consequence, cause cavities. We recommend that you do not abuse these and that, if you take any, rinse your mouth with fluoride after ingestion.

Candy and snacks
These foods rich in sugars adhere this to our teeth, promoting bacterial growth and the appearance of cavities. Avoid eating a lot of sweets and snacks such as French fries and the like and increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Oral piercings
Piercings in the oral area are a danger to both your oral health and your general health. These can lead to infections, as well as damage your gums and teeth. This type of piercings are not recommended.

Eating disorders
Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia, whose patients and patients are unfortunately mostly adolescents, have consequences throughout our body, including our oral health. Eat a balanced diet.

Tobacco harms your health and your teeth. It stains the enamel, alters the gums and can cause oral cancer, among other diseases. Avoid tobacco.

As you can see, there are many behaviours and changes that during adolescence can have repercussions on our oral health. So remember:

  • Have good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth after every meal.
  • Make an annual monitoring of the state of your mouth. See your dentist at least a couple of times a year.
  • Eat a balanced diet. Eat all meals and include fruits and vegetables in your diet, avoiding snacks, sweets and energy drinks rich in sugars.

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