This message from Redbud Dental of Edmond is about keeping teenage smiles healthy.
If you are the parent of a teenager, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As they progress toward complete independence, some teens make questionable choices when it comes to health.
We encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens.
Adolescent Oral Health Risks
You may know teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some teenagers seem to spend more hours on TikTok or Instagram than sleeping.
Dental dilemmas manifesting in the adolescent years can influence teeth for life. Let’s look at some important dental issues for adolescents.
Athletics benefit teenagers in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.
If your teen participates in sports, it’s a good to know where your nearest urgent care dental practice is.
The third molars usually appear between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth dilemmas include bite misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is critical to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.
Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing problematic. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help youth with braces clean their teeth and gums.
If you visit any Oklahoma high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can damage enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is always the best choice!
At Redbud Dental of Edmond we offer complete family dentistry. Parents in Guthrie and Deer Creek bring their teenagers in for checkups, and also appreciate our cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment with us today!
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