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You also have the benefit of knowing their baby teeth will fall out naturally. Most children begin to lose their baby teeth at six years of age. By the time they are 12 or 13, their baby teeth have been replaced by their adult teeth.
Of course, as your children grow up, they start to have their own idea about how they want to do things. Those pudgy baby cheeks morph into chiseled cheek bones – and sometimes they’re covered facial hair. Try not to panic, your precious kid is still in there. The days of pushing them the toddler swing and hiding sweets on top of the fridge are over. Your tyke is becoming an independent teenager.
Appearance is a top priority for many teenagers. Sadly, studies show that dental visits start to decline as kids get older. What’s important is the way you help your young adult understand how vital oral hygiene is to their overall mental and physical health .
A healthy mouth can reduce the risk of:
As a parent, you are your teenager’s first line of defense for managing their oral health. If teenagers don’t feel confident with their teeth or smile, it can lead to lower self-esteem and other issues. The Center for Disease Control reports untreated cavities can cause pain, absence from school, trouble concentrating on lessons and have negative effect on a teen’s appearance.
You can help by taking your teen to routine dental exams, replacing their tooth brush every two months, encouraging healthy eating habits (sweets in moderation ) and leading by example. The National Health Interview Study found that 86 percent of children whose parents had a dental visit during the previous year also had a dental exam.
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Set an example for your teen by caring for your mouth, visiting the dentist and arranging dental exams for your child.
Originally published 2/24/2016; Revised 2021
Appearance is a big deal when you’re a teenager.
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