The Teenage Years Bring a Unique Challenge to Health and Wellness
- Posted on: May 15 2018
At Sullivan Dental, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive dental services that meet the needs of all age groups. As a family dental office, one of our primary objectives is to see to it that young children learn the benefits of routine oral care. Because early childhood is such a developmental phase, it is vital that children learn how to brush and floss. It is also important that parents get the support they need to motivate their children to eventually take sole responsibility for their oral health. But what happens when the reins are handed over? According to one report, there is a new challenge that may be faced during adolescence.
Life Itself Presents a Challenge
The study that causes us to sit up and take notice is from the Academy of General Dentistry. In it, scientists point out that the average teen today is extraordinarily busy. We don’t have to stretch our imagination to see the truth in this. Far more teens have jobs today than just a few decades ago. Furthermore, more children are engaged in extracurricular activities that keep them occupied from morning until evening. Herein lies the challenge; how many teens do you know who can manage such a hectic schedule and still eat well? Not many can, according to research.
It is no secret that dietary habits impact health and wellness. In the life of the average teen, one of the biggest culprits to degraded health, including oral health, is soda. Most parents are aware of the hazards of soda that relate to sugar content. However, the riskiness of this particular beverage (and sports drinks, too), is exacerbated due to the inclusion of phosphoric acid.
First, we want to point out that it isn’t sugar that causes cavities, it is acid. Therefore, when an acidic beverage like soda, even sugar-free soda, is consumed, acid is deposited directly onto enamel. Ingredients like phosphoric acid cause enamel to soften. Acidity is also attributed with the degradation of tooth-colored fillings, dental sealants, and dental crowns that are bonded to teeth. Finally, recent research suggests that phosphoric acid degrades calcium in the body, and this could be troublesome for teeth and bones.
Calcium is a Teen’s BFF
We often think of older women when we consider who needs the most calcium. In fact, studies have indicated that it is teens who have the most need for this mineral. The reason is that bone development spikes between the age of 9 and 18. Efficient bone growth requires 1300 mg of calcium a day, and that is under normal circumstances. This may be obtained with a multivitamin and a diet that contains calcium-rich foods.
Let’s work together to protect your family’s oral health. Call Sullivan Dental at 225-635-4422.