Why Teen Teeth Need Different Dental Care
Dental needs change throughout life, and the transition from child to teenager is no exception. Teen teeth also need a special dental care. These days being a teenager can be quite stressful, as many face tricky life choices that can impact their whole future. In addition, it’s a time when most teenagers begin to enjoy a bit more freedom, and they might be more likely to forget to brush and floss or will make choices that could negatively impact their dental health.
During these years is important to make sure your teen still visits Dr. Marina Krepkh or another of the excellent pediatric dentists at the Kids Dentistry Center for regular checkups and cleanings. Our pediatric dentists can offer great advice and dental care that is tailored for teen teeth. So what are the kinds of things that can affect the dental health of teenagers?
Lots of teens drink sodas and other carbonated beverages such as sports drinks. These are not wonderful for teen teeth as they typically contain large amounts of sugars as well as artificial colorings and acid that can erode tooth enamel. Drinking these beverages does increase the risk of developing tooth decay, so if possible encourage them to drink plain water. If they do want to drink soda, using a straw can help minimize contact with their teeth, and it can be helpful to rinse with clean water afterwards.
Teen Teeth and Smoking
Smoking is bad for all sorts of reasons, not just for general health. It’s worth emphasizing how it can stain your teen teeth and causes bad breath as appearance is often important at this age. It also increases the risk of gum disease and mouth cancers. If your teen does smoke, try to encourage them to stop and to talk to Dr. Krepkh about this problem.
Eating disorders can cause enormous damage to teeth, as vomiting exposes the teen teeth to strong stomach acid that erodes tooth enamel in a very telltale manner. Pediatric dentists can easily identify this problem, and it doesn’t take very long for this habit to cause lasting damage. You’ll find Dr. Krepkh can work with your teen and with other health professionals while the matter is resolved, helping to minimize permanent damage to their teeth.
Oral piercings can chip and crack teen teeth, causing permanent damage to the tooth enamel, and increasing the risk of tooth decay. They can also rub against the gums, increasing the risk of permanent damage to the delicate gum tissue. Ultimately oral piercings could increase the risk of needing root canal treatment, and there’s always the possibility that the actual piercing could become infected as there are lots of bacteria in the mouth that can easily get into any open wounds.
Stress Caused by Taking Exams
Lots of teens face intense pressure to do well during their exams and may become quite stressed. Unfortunately this can easily cause a condition called bruxism which results in tooth grinding or clenching. Bruxism can wear down and chip teen teeth, and can also damage the jaw joints as it places a loss of pressure on facial muscles.
Ultimately, it’s not possible to keep your teen completely safe from everything, but making sure they continue to look after their teeth and to receive regular professional dental care can help enormously.
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