To ensure health and wellbeing into adulthood, good oral health habits need to start early and maintained during childhood and adolescence. Children with dental decay can have trouble eating, sleeping and focusing in school. Dental decay can also change how your child’s teeth look, and may make it hard for them to socialise.
Adolescence may be a time where there is an increased drinking of soft drinks, energy and sports drinks, and snacking on sugary foods. Habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking may occur. These can increase the risk of dental decay and gum disease. Teenagers may also have poor tooth brushing habits. Only around 50% of teenagers brush their teeth twice a day.
For everyday messages on how to keep your mouth healthy see related page: Healthy habits for a Healthy Mouth.
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