Adolescent Dental Care
Dental care may not be of top priority for your teenager. With the worries of school, social obligations, and extra curricular activities, teenagers often neglect their oral health. Bleeding gums (gingivitis)is an early sign of poor oral hygiene, unhealthy eating and periodontal disease. Unfortunately, 75% of teens have bleeding gums. The development of periodontal disease in adolescence can eventually lead to significant pain, tooth loss and overall health issues that may eventually result in chronic diseases. We strongly encourage parents to continue to bring their adolescent children for regular, professional dental care. Regular visits can solidify healthy dental habits, prevent periodontal disease, and teach proper eating habits.
At Dentistry For Children And Families, we instruct teens on correct oral hygiene habits - such as proper brushing and flossing. By encouraging your teen to take care of his or her dental health, you can provide your child with habits that will carry into adulthood.
Periodontal, or gum disease, can often begin when children reach adolescence. Bleeding gums is a sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Unlike later stages of periodontal disease, with proper dental care, gingivitis can be reversed. Gum disease is a serious disease with links to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. If ignored in its early stages, gum disease leads to tooth loss. Like adults, teens should be receiving regular professional cleanings to remove plaque build up and prevent gingivitis.
Surrounded by vending machines, soft drinks, and unhealthy snacks, teens often neglect their diets. When visiting Dentistry For Children and Families, we incorporate healthy eating tips and education into each and every exam and consultation. This allows us to remind our patients of the importance of healthy eating.
We also provide custom mouth guards for sports and night guards to prevent damage caused by grinding or bruxism. Embrace your teen's health by making his or her dental appointments happen. They'll thank you for it later.