Adolescence & Oral Care
Evidence demonstrates that periodontal disease increases during adolescence due to lack of motivation when it comes to practicing oral hygiene.
Advice For Parents
Lead by example: serve as a good role model by practicing good oral health care habits yourself and schedule regular dental visits for check-ups and cleanings.
Be sure to check your child’s mouth for the signs of periodontal disease, including bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums receding away from the teeth, and bad breath.
If your child currently has poor oral health habits, work with them to help make changes. It’s much easier to modify these habits in a child than in an adult. A healthy smile, good breath, and strong teeth all contribute to a child’s sense of personal appearance, as well as confidence and self-esteem.