Most teenagers would rather fit in than stand out. They want to walk the walk and talk the talk that will make them a part of their peer group. Knowing how important appearances are to their teenager gives parents an edge when it comes to getting them to take good care of their teeth.

Start with the basics. Brushing and flossing are the best ways to keep teeth looking bright and healthy. If your teenager wants whiter teeth his pediatric dentist can recommend an over the counter toothpaste that contains a whitening agent or she may do the treatment in the office or provide a kit to use at home. Be sure that your teen consults with his dentist about the various whitening processes.

Always pack a water bottle. A steady diet of sodas and sports drinks are two of the biggest causes of tooth decay in our children today. Parents aren’t going to be able to monitor the choices of foods and drinks that their teens make throughout a typical day at school, but they can make sure that a healthier alternative is on hand.

Fads are a part of every teenage life. Some are harmless, but others are not. Unfortunately one of the popular crazes these days is mouth piercing. It has been a mainstream habit long enough for studies to have shown us that the piercings can contribute to a multitude of dental issues, including gum disease.

Dr. Kathy Kaelin will work with parents to encourage good oral health habits among her patients. Call Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry @ 303-805-8266.