Pediatric Dentistry for Teens

Dental care for teens can be a complicated subject – your teen is likely telling you that they feel like a grown up, while you’re still encouraging them to see a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentistry may be something your teen pushes against, however, just because your child is a teen, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t see their pediatric dentist anymore.

They are still experiencing growth and changes in their face and jaw, and will be getting the last of their permanent teeth if they haven’t already. At this time, these teeth are vulnerable to decay, and good dental hygiene and care is essential.

Why Teens Should See A Pediatric Dentist For Treatment

Growth changes are still happening in teens mouths. They may be wearing braces, making their own food choices, and should be taking responsibility for their hygiene. A pediatric dentist will ensure everything is as it should be, and equip your teen with the knowledge they need going into adulthood.

It’s also a plus for your teen’s dentist to know their history well, in order to give them the best and most individualized care. Some of the risks your teen may be facing without proper dental care include:

  • Risk of sports injuries
  • Diets high in carbohydrates and sugars
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease (hormones can dramatically affect the gum tissue)

That’s right – teenagers have a higher risk of gum disease than ever before. Teenagers with braces and other orthodontic treatment also pose a unique challenge, as they are more likely to be lax with their brushing habits.

It’s also worth noting that things like eating disorders can be common among teenagers. Eating disorders negatively impact so many things about your teen’s health, and these problems even extend to their oral health. Bleeding gums and chronic dry mouth are just two of the symptoms that can be seen in teens with disorders like bulimia and anorexia.

Smoking is also common among teenagers, no matter how often you told them it was bad for them. 90% of adult smokers started the habit before age 19.

A good dentist can help to educate your teen on things like eating disorders, and the risks from smoking. It’s also worth noting the dangers of experimenting with facial piercings.

While your teen may think they are ‘too old’ or mature to see a pediatric dentist, you should tell them that it is normal for many teens to see a pediatric dentist until they are 18-19 years old. They enjoy their treatment so much that they don’t want to leave!

Get In Touch Today To Book An Appointment

Pediatric dentists aren’t just for young children. Pediatric dentists are trained to tackle all of the oral health intricacies of children of all ages, and that includes teenagers. Our practice is attuned to unique issues that teenagers face, whether wisdom teeth, being encouraged to smoke, facial piercings, or something else. We will help to educate and treat your teens so that they can manage their oral hygiene with confidence and pride. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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