Teen Dental Care

Continuing good habits started in childhood is the best way for teens to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Whether wearing braces or orthodontic appliances, a teen needs to:

  • Brush twice and floss once per day
  • Reduce sugar Intake. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar. This forms acid that harms your teeth
  • Limit snacking
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth when you are playing sports

Some issues you should be aware of that will affect your oral health:

Eating Disorders

  • Vomiting associated with eating disorders causes tooth decay, gum disease and loss of tooth enamel
  • Your dentist can treat your teeth, but if you have -- or think you have -- an eating disorder, talk to your physician

Grills and Tooth Jewels

  • Grills are comprised of metalwork that fits over teeth, usually removable
  • Tooth jewels are glass crystals or gold, and are secured to teeth using dental composite. They remain attached for up to a year or longer.
  • Can result in inflammation of the gums
  • Talk to your dentist first about the safest choices and proper care and cleaning

Oral Piercing

  • Can produce infections, uncontrollable bleeding and nerve damage
  • Metal jewelry can chip or crack teeth and damage your gums
  • Talk to your dentist first about the safest choices and proper care and cleaning 

Smoking 
Eight out of 10 teens who try smoking get hooked. Smoking can:

  • Stain your teeth and gums
  • Contribute to bad breath
  • Increase your risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease
  • If you notice inflammation or changes in your mouth, talk to your dentist.

Wisdom Teeth

  • Usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21, although they can begin causing problems as early as age 13

Your dentist can tell whether your wisdom teeth have enough space or if they should be removed