When it comes to raising a teenager, many parents choose to pick their battles. However, as you are letting them learn independence and gain responsibility during these adolescent years, don’t let their oral health get dismissed. In fact, teenagers face some specific dental health concerns that can impact their adult smile if they are not prevented or immediately treated.
Whether it is late night snacking, soda drinking or lazy brushing habits, there are some commonalities in adolescent lifestyle that can threaten dental health. In fact, even the hormone changes in teenagers can put them at greater risk for dental problems. At DNTL Hub, our pediatric dentists are fully equipped to help protect your child’s smile, from toddlerhood to adolescence and beyond.
Keep in mind that the oral health issues that teenagers face can impact their overall health as well as their well-being. As a parent of a teen, you know that they don’t need anything extra working against them during this turbulent stage of life.
Some of the most common oral health issues that teenagers face include:
Cavities, or tooth decay, are a common problem among teenagers, especially those who consume sugary or acidic drinks and snacks.
Poor oral hygiene habits, hormonal changes, and orthodontic treatment can increase the risk of gum disease among teenagers.
Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by poor oral hygiene, certain foods, or medical conditions.
Wisdom Teeth Problems:
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 and can cause pain, swelling, and infection.
Teenagers who participate in sports or other physical activities may be at risk of oral trauma, such as broken or knocked-out teeth.
Many teenagers require braces or other orthodontic treatment to correct misaligned teeth or bite problems, which can lead to additional oral health issues if not properly cared for.
At DNTL Hub, we help patients realize how important it is for teenagers to protect their oral health, which should include practicing good oral hygiene habits, avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks, wearing mouthguards during sports, and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Schedule your teen’s dental cleaning with us in Galt, CA today.