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  • young man with braces on his teethYour teen should be in charge of daily tooth care. Teens often eat more sugary snacks and drinks that can lead to cavities. Some teens may be involved in activities that may lead to tooth injury (like sports) and decay (like chewing tobacco).
  • Help create a daily routine for flossing and brushing with fluoridated toothpaste. Teach by example: Floss, brush, and go for regular dental visits.
  • Follow the recommended schedule for dental visits for your teen, usually twice a year. Ask your dentist if your teen needs more frequent exams, or fluoride supplements.
  • Work with your family dentist to develop an emergency plan before it is needed. This way, you and your teen will know who to call and what to do in case of an accident.
  • Limit sugary drinks and snacks.
  • Let your teen know that smoking and chewing tobacco are bad for teeth and overall health.
  • Seat belts protect the mouth when riding in a car.
  • Mouth guards protect the teeth and mouth when playing contact sports.