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Good dental hygiene is important at all ages, but especially during the teen and tween years when many children are going through the treatment of straightening their teeth. Since my Maddie and Ashley have both had treatment to straighten their teeth – one with metal braces and the other with clear aligners – we have learned simple tips to keep their teeth clean and looking their best.
Maddie had braces for over three years. That was three, long years of having to be extra careful with her teeth, but it was worth it for the end result of her beautiful smile. Although the first couple weeks were the hardest, we quickly learned some practical tips for managing the braces phase to keep both their teeth and gums clean.
Of course, we want our children to have healthy teeth and bodies, but we also want them to be happy and confident. Good oral hygiene is an important aspect of feeling your best! The most important step in dental hygiene with braces is that you have to have a system in place and the right tools with you at all times.
My first tip is to create a regular routine for your teen morning and night and after each meal, they should brush, floss and use mouthwash as directed. Once a system or routine is in place, it becomes second nature and it is just something they do. This helps everyone as there won’t be as many reminders needed and your teen will be able to see the results of taking care of their teeth right away.
For our daughters’ routine, we have an area set up by their sink with a toothbrush, mouthwash, and floss. I make sure that they always have an extra set of everything too, so that they won’t run out. They know to take care of their teeth and gums first thing in the morning, after eating throughout the day and at night before bed. To them, it isn’t even something they think about much anymore; it is just something they do out of habit.
My oldest has been using LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE ZERO FRESH MINT Anticavity Mouthwash, which is her favorite because it keeps her breath fresh with a mild minty flavor (it’s also alcohol-free). It’s already hard to floss with braces, so she knows she can count on TOTAL CARE to help tackle those hard-to-reach places to help prevent cavities.
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How do you help your teen or tween take care of teeth while they have braces?
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