Most of us are concerned about the look of our smile. After all, our first impressions of others often come down to appearance. But even if you have straight, white teeth, there may be other dental issues that could derail your personal aspirations.
If, for instance, your teen is experiencing persistent bad breath, this might have a profound impact on their social interactions. Although it might not be the most comfortable subject to address, it’s important that parents help teens discover the source of halitosis so they can take steps to remedy the issue. In the end, no one wants to alienate their friends or diminish their romantic prospects due to foul-smelling breath.
In today’s post, we’ll take a closer look at the most common issues that lead to these unpleasant odors and how teens can fix or avoid the problem altogether.
Ultimately, the most common causes of halitosis in teens are the same ones that adults often face. These prevalent causes include:
Maintaining proper dental care at home can be a great way to prevent both foul-smelling breath and concerns like cavities and gum disease. But it’s not a replacement for routine teeth cleanings and exams performed by their dentist. A recent CDC report found that 19% of children aged two to 19 have untreated dental caries (or cavities) — and if your teen has unaddressed cavities, they may not be receiving the regular care and treatment they need to promote excellent oral health.
Whether your teenager is currently having issues with halitosis or you simply want to ensure that their oral hygiene won’t hold them back from important opportunities, it’s essential to schedule dental check-ups twice a year. This can ensure that their oral health stays on track throughout their teenage years and that they’ll have a strong foundation of dental hygiene to refer to during adulthood. In other words, dental visits will set your teen up for success.
For more information on making an appointment for your teen or how we can help to address common dental concerns, please contact us today.