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Although it may seem like your teeth and gums require a lot of work when you are young, the truth is that the more that you accomplish while you are still growing, the less work you will need to do later on.
Here are some ways that you can start early to care for your dental hygiene now and set your smile up for long term success:
Although many children are resigned to the notion that they will need to get braces when they are older in order to straighten their teeth so their teeth will last longer, there is certainly more than one option available for them to choose from.
Invisalign is a newer alignment method that allows patients to forgo having braces that are visible. Instead, when you correct your teeth using this system, your doctor applies a series of plastic aligners that achieve the same goal without requiring you to have a tin smile.
Popular among people who are in the public eye, or do not want to have a two year interruption of their facial features so that they can get their teeth directed, the procedure has become a bestseller.
Of course, traditional braces do remain slightly cheaper- and are also able to extend the life of your teeth overall.
Watch Your Diet
A lot of young people are aware that drinking milk on a regular basis helps to build strong teeth. What some people may not realize is that when you drink soda pop, you pretty much erase your calcium advantage. For each soda you drink, it can negate the calcium provided to you by the same amount of milk.
Additional sugar can also wreak havoc with your teeth in the short run.
It may not seem like dental hygiene is important: to brush and floss every opportunity that you get. On the other hand, people have been known to have heart attacks because they have plaque buildup on their teeth that is attributed to a lack of brushing. So for the longevity of your teeth, flossing and brushing a few times a day makes a lot of sense.
If you are young, you can plan on living for almost 100 years if you take care of yourself. Your teeth and gums are an important part of that equation. The more that you do to set your teeth up for success when you are young, the healthier you will be over the course of your life.