Regular care prevents bad breath, gum disease, and other mouth problems. It's up to you and your parents to decide when you're ready. You don't have to start dating just because your friends are.
You may also see changes in nipple size and color as your breasts start to grow. It's normal to get pimples -- about 85% to 90% of all kids do.
Simple acne may be the first noticeable sign of puberty.
Body hair is normal, but some girls don't like the way it looks.
If you want to get rid of it, ask your mom or a girlfriend how to do it safely.
Stress, having your period, and oil-based makeup can make pimples worse. Instead, keep your skin clean and get treatment advice from a doctor. During puberty your 2 million to 4 million sweat glands suddenly become more active. But if you're worried about smelling bad, try showering every day or using deodorant.
So you might sweat -- especially under your arms -- when you're feeling nervous as well as when you're hot. When puberty starts, most girls will begin to notice a vaginal discharge.
You may get acne on your face, upper chest, or back.
During puberty, your oil glands go into overdrive, causing acne. If you’ve noticed you're starting to sweat more, you’re not alone.
Your gums may become more sensitive or feel swollen and tender.
It's especially important to brush, floss, and see your dentist on a regular basis.
But while you're waiting, you may want to carry a bag with a few pads or tampons and a change of clothing, just in case. You can experiment with different sizes and styles. SW Productions / Photodisc REFERENCES: American Academy of Pediatrics. Children's Hospital Boston, Center for Young Women's Health.