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Text your teen for good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is the last thing on a young teen’s mind and over the long term can have serious consequences for them.

It Is perhaps not a surprise that some teens are not big brushers. Teenagers have jam-packed schedules filled with studies, extracurricular activities, part time jobs and social interactions with friends. When coupled with the tendency to snack on sugary treats and beverages, this can significantly impact their oral health. Good oral hygiene is the last thing on a young teen’s mind and over the long term can have serious consequences for them. Dental cavities and gum disease are problems that teens encounter when oral health is neglected. Nagging or standing in the bathroom as they get ready is not the answer. A simple yet functional tool is a “gentle text reminder”.

Texting is a gift to modern life and now you can utilise this snappy form of communication to remind the teenager at your home to brush and floss daily. 81% of New Zealanders have a smartphone and a large portion of that is teenagers. For the average teenager who owns a smartphone, talking has now been supplanted by the text message. Teenagers maintain that texting is their favourite form of communicating. Since they respond best to text messages why not adopt this strategy for encouraging good oral hygiene. You can easily and discreetly say “Brush your teeth” on a text message. Text reminders will make your teen oral health compliant.

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