Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Encouraging Lifelong Dental Care Habits in Your Teen

Teen Dental Issues

Just as in childhood, teens need a little guidance when it comes to establishing a healthy dental care routine. Their busy schedules and, in some cases, orthodontics, require a unique focus on certain dental care habits. As a parent, you can help encourage your teen to care for their teeth by promoting habits that impact their oral hygiene. Everything from basic brushing and flossing to routine visits to your family dentistry expert, and even to what your teen eats and drinks can impact oral health. Use these tips to keep your teen’s teeth and gums healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.

The Importance of a Daily Dental Care Routine

A daily dental care routine is essential to long-term oral health, which means it’s important to emphasize dental care habits with your teenager. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day can prevent tooth decay and gum disease caused by the build-up of plaque on the teeth.

Orthodontics generally require that teens brush their teeth after every meal, as food can get more easily lodged in various areas of the teeth and braces, raising the risk of plaque and debris that cling to teeth. If your teen wears braces, special flosses may be necessary to assist them in cleaning around the wires and brackets. Additionally, travel toothbrushes and toothpastes can easily be stowed in your teen’s locker or backpack to help them conveniently care for their teeth during the school day.

Equally important to maintaining optimal dental health are routine visits to an affordable dentist. Make it a priority to help your teenager schedule their dental care appointments around school and activities. Aside from instilling a healthy habit, this will also help ensure that any problems are caught early and can be effectively treated.

The Importance of a Healthy Diet

Carbohydrate- and sugar-rich foods are often mainstays of a teenager’s diet. Much like excess sugar and starchy carbohydrates can impact overall health and weight, it can also create an ideal environment for plaque to thrive. You can help your teen avoid the perils of eating too much junk food by encouraging healthy snacks, such as vegetables and fruits. These food choices are rich in antioxidants that can help protect the teeth and encourage saliva production that helps further reduce bacteria in the mouth.

Also, the teen years are when people are most at risk for developing eating disorders. Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, not only significantly harm your teen’s overall health, but the impact to oral health is often dramatic. Ensure that your teen eats a nutritious diet, explaining the many ways a healthy diet can enrich their well-being.

Encourage your teenager to tell their dental care team if they have any questions or concerns regarding their dental health. A compassionate family dentistry professional can offer solutions specific to your teen’s needs and lifestyle.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Valley Dental Associates.

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Patient Reviews
I am very satisfied with the service I receive. Always courteous and conscientious of my dental care.
Ray H.
Great office an atmosphere.. Staff is great and Dr. Oppeheim made me feel very comfortable
Erica F.
I thought this particular treatment was going to be painful during and after but that wasn’t the case. It was a good experience (for the dentist) , and even a better experience afterwards when […]
Christeen H.
I was taken on time and I was out 1 hr later (which was the length of time I was told it would take)
Pearl Z.
High level of competence of Dr. Gorman and staff; caring manner and professional interactions.
Leslie G.
I have been going to this particular dental office practically all my life. My kids and husband also receive dental care here. I trust them with my and my family’s teeth.
Lauren C.
Great service no wait time.
Caesar C.
It was the most thourough dental examination I have ever had. Everyone has a great bedside manner.
Michelle C.
The staff is very friendly and the office is very clean. I had a root canal done and the pain level was about slim to none. Dr. Oppenheim is the best!!!
Denise D.
The services are always stellar.
Kody T.
Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit […]
Arlene K.
Primary reason is Matt (dental hygienist), who is always very thorough, very detail-oriented and a pleasant person to be around. Second reason is Dr. Gorman and his staff who have always been very […]
Michael S.
The staff and Dr Oppenheimer are great. He pulled my teeth and I don’t even know it’s gone.
Verethia W.
Dr. Gorman is a very good dentist.
Elyse S.
The only dentist office I’ve been to in my life. Everyone is so great and helpful. Very pleasant place.
Loren I.
Matthew is a huge asset to the firm. He is thorough, gentle and knowledgeable.
Marcia S.
elena did a great job cleaning my teeth
Steven K.
Friendly staff, clean office, and good work.
Kevin H.
Friendly, do good work, I like the people who treat me
Roger K.
I love my dental hygenist Matt he is always very nice and very good at making you feel at ease while getting a cleaning. Dr. Goreman is by far my favorite dentist I’ve ever had. He is […]
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