Adolescence & Oral Care
The teenage years; that exciting transition period when your child becomes more independent and takes on additional responsibilities such as maintaining their oral health and hygiene. During these years, it is important to provide educational information to your teenager about topics such as the value of maintaining good brushing and flossing habits, choosing a healthy diet, tobacco use, piercings, etc. In addition, your child’s third molars “wisdom teeth” will erupt during this time period and may require extraction.
Appearance and self-image are very influential during the teenage years. Below are helpful tips on getting your best smile now.
- Snack smartly. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables instead of junk foods when you eat on the run.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and brush effectively with fluoridated toothpaste. Floss to prevent gum disease and tooth decay on the sides of the teeth.
- Keep up with your dental checkups. Hygiene visits, fluoride treatments and sealants are important preventive services for you.
- Do not smoke, chew tobacco, or vape. Besides lung and heart problems, tobacco can cause oral cancer. If you are using tobacco and notice any changes in your mouth, contact your physician immediately.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing sports.
- Buckle up in the car. A seat belt and shoulder harness can keep your face from striking the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield during minor accidents.
Scheduling gets tricky when your child reaches their adolescent years, but it is vital that they continue visiting the dentist bi-annually for cleanings and exams. Early diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment of periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important that adolescents receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits. An important step in the fight against periodontal disease is to establish good oral health habits with your child early and monitor the continuation of these habits throughout the adolescent years.
If you have questions about adolescent oral health, wisdom teeth or missing teeth, give us a call at Michael J. Leach D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry Phone Number (770) 521-8855. We will gladly provide you more information and answer any of your concerns.