Teenagers don’t always pay enough attention to their dental health. Some skip meals or get very little sleep, leaving them nutrient-deficient and hindering their growth. Braces can make proper brushing difficult. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and damage a smile.
Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can impact teeth for life. At Cornwall Dental Arts, we’re committed to ensuring your teenager stays healthy and practices good oral hygiene. Let’s examine some important dental issues for teens.
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth issues include bite misalignment, cavities, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is vital to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the counsel of your dentist.
Parents who notice their child abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.
Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing difficult. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teenagers with braces clean their teeth and gums.
If you visit any high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can hurt enamel just as much as a can of Coke. Along with milk, water is the best drink for teeth.
Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy or calcium-fortified beverages daily.
While athletics keep teens healthy in general, many contact sports pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouth guard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.
We encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral troubles arise unnoticed. To schedule an extensive examination and cleaning, call Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 855-976-7250.
Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry: 855-976-7250
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