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Teens and Oral Hygiene

Today’s teens lead very busy lives and have a lot on their plates. It can be stressful balancing home life, increasing academic demands, and social life, to name a few. With all the activities and the transition of becoming an adult, good oral hygiene is essential during adolescence.

According to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, recent data have shown that 75% of teens have gum bleeding and about 13% have at least one untreated cavity, which is most likely related to poor oral care.

Click on the button below to learn:

  • About the importance of good oral hygiene for teens.
  • What teens can do to maintain a healthy smile.
  • Tips to help parents and caregivers support their teen with their oral hygiene.
Teens and Oral Hygiene

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July 2024 Newsletter

Oral Health Information for the Whole Family

Infancy (0-11 months)


It starts with my very first tooth.

Early Childhood (1-5 years)


Help me develop good habits from the start.

School-Aged Children (6-13 years)


Protecting my permanent teeth is important to me.

Adolescents & Young Adults (14-20 years)


I need to take control of my oral health.

Adults (21-64 years)


My oral health is just as important as my overall health.

Pregnant and Postpartum


Oral health care and medical care go hand in hand.

Older Adults/Seniors (65+ years)


I want to keep my smile and natural teeth.

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities / Neurodiverse


I may need help to maintain my best oral health.

Blogs and Local Oral Health News

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What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

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March 4, 2024

World Oral Health Day is March 20

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February 7, 2024

Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles

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About the Orange County
Local Oral Health Program

The Orange County Local Oral Health Program (LOHP) is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for promoting and supporting optimal oral health equity for all Orange County residents.

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