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Oral health changes in puberty

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Dr. Julio Hernandez writes, "Puberty brings a new set of challenges to oral health especially for girls. The surge of hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone, cause a change in the bacterial flora found in the oral environment. The most common changes found are an increase in gum inflammation. This will cause gums to become tender and sometimes bleed. A child's oral hygiene during this time is important in order to keep the gums from overgrowing and causing infection. Starting your children on a routine of proper oral hygiene early is important. Your dentist and hygienist can help train your children, with the proper tools, on how to effectively clean their mouths. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day are important. The use of an electric toothbrush also may help children reach areas they could not with a manual brush." more

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