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Helping your teen care for their smile might seem challenging, but really there is no need to stress. In fact, the best way to help them is probably the same way you can help yourself. Dr. David Suttie is happy to tell you the details.

First, help your teen keep up on oral hygiene. They can use a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, floss, and antibacterial mouthwash to clean their smile. The oral hygiene tools they use should have the American Dental Association Seal of Approval. This seal means the tool is safe for use and does what it claims to do.

Second, teach them to drink water throughout the day, limit snacking, and reduce their sugar consumption as much as possible. Let them know that water can wash harmful bacteria away, limiting snacks can give their teeth time to recover in between meals, and reducing sugar intake can lower tooth decay.

Third, set an appointment for them to visit Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. The treatments provided at these appointments can deeply clean your teen’s smile and aid them in avoiding cavities and smile infection. These appointments also allow our team to observe your child’s oral health and also to perform additional treatments, such as a fluoride treatment or dental sealant.

Do you have questions about how to help your teen care for their oral health in Napa, California? If so, please call Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children at your earliest convenience. Just dial 707-257-6453 and our dental team will be thrilled to assist you!