Bright and confident teenage smiles start with good oral care or dental care.
Every teenager wants a bright, sparkling smile. To get one, they’ll need to take care of their oral health. This is where you, as a parent, can help. By giving your teenager the right tools to take care of their oral health, you’ll be guiding them towards a lifetime of strong teeth and healthy gums.
But with so many oral health aids to choose from, you’ve probably got some questions. Like, is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one? What type of toothbrush fits my child? Do kids really need to floss?
Okay, so they’re not everyday questions, but finding the right answers can really keep your teenager’s teeth in tip-top shape.
So how do you select a suitable toothbrush for your teenager? Here are some oral care tips:
Do remind your teens to change their toothbrush every 2 – 3 months, or sooner if it’s frayed. A worn-out toothbrush is less effective in cleaning the teeth and gums and may injure the gums.
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The answer to this one really boils down to preference and the way a person brushes their teeth. What’s more important is to use proper brushing techniques: Short brushing strokes, moving back and forth against the teeth and gums, around the surface of every tooth. To be effective, brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
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A toothpaste with fluoride is important because fluoride helps prevent cavities (tooth decay) by strengthening teeth. If your teen has sensitive teeth or gums, you can also look for a toothpaste with extra desensitising ingredients.
The truth is flossing is the best way to remove trapped food and dental plaque from in-between teeth. A toothbrush just can’t reach all those tight spaces between teeth or areas under the gumline.
Your teens may find flossing troublesome and difficult to learn, but once they get used to it, it’s as easy as brushing.
If you want to know more about proper oral care for your teenager, consult a dental professional to find out more about these oral hygiene aids and practices.
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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Youth Preventive Dental Service (YPDS) provides oral health screening for pre-schoolers at some childcare centres as part of the Preschool Oral Health Screening and Fluoride Therapy Programme. Parents will be informed of the screening findings and recommended follow-up action through an "Information Sheet for Parents" that is downloadable from HealthHub.
YPDS also provides free basic dental services to Primary and Secondary students through school dental clinics and mobile dental clinics.
Annually, Primary 1, 2, 4 and 6, Secondary 1 and 3, and ITE Year 1 students who are enrolled in the school dental programme will be screened and treated by YPDS. Students in other levels who require dental services may visit the school or mobile dental clinics for free consultation and treatment.
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