Braces do more than straighten your kids’ teeth.

Braces do more than straighten your kids’ teeth. They correct bad bites and put their teeth in better alignment.

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it. Cavities aren’t just for little kids—you can get them at any age. When you consume sugary foods, soda, juice or energy drinks, you put yourself at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Be smart. Always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day.

The bottom line for smiles that are healthy on the inside and out:

Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
Floss between your teeth daily
Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
Wear a mouthguard when you’re active
Don’t smoke
Don’t pierce your lips or any part of your mouth
See your dentist. Regular dental visits will help set you up to be Mouth Healthy for Life.
To learn more, visit our other Teens pages on MouthHealthy:

Healthy Habits
Concerns unique to you
Nutrition tips

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