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Attention to dental health is so important in the teen years. It is when your dental health is significantly impacted by the choices you make and healthy choices help lead to positive dental health.

However, teens face special challenges in keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Diet is one factor. Teenagers consume more pop and other sugary liquids than other age groups, which increases risk of cavities and teeth erosion.

Continuing good habits started in childhood is the best way for you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Whether wearing braces or orthodontic appliances, you need to:

  • Brush twice and floss once per day
  • Reduce sugar Intake. Tooth decay is caused
    by bacteria that feed on sugar.
  • Limit snacking
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth
    when you are playing sports