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By Dwight D. Peccora, DDS on

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The teenage years are a whirlwind of changes – not just emotionally and physically, but dentally as well. As teens transition from childhood to adulthood, their dental health undergoes significant shifts. At Fort Bend Dental in Missouri City, TX, we’re keenly aware of the unique challenges faced by our teenage patients.

Braces and Orthodontic Treatments

Many teenagers get braces to correct misaligned teeth. While they’re instrumental in achieving that picture-perfect smile, braces can pose challenges:

  • Food Traps: Braces can trap food, leading to bacterial growth.
  • Difficulty in Cleaning: Regular flossing and brushing can be more challenging.

Regular dental check-ups, specialized cleaning tools, and a meticulous oral hygiene routine can help maintain dental health during orthodontic treatments.

Wisdom Teeth Emergence

The late teen years often see the emergence of third molars or wisdom teeth. For some, this can cause:

  • Pain and Discomfort
  • Misalignment of Other Teeth
  • Impacted Teeth

Regular dental check-ups can monitor the progress of these teeth, and if necessary, a removal procedure can be advised.

Increased Consumption of Sugary Drinks and Snacks

Teenagers often have a penchant for sodas, energy drinks, and sugary snacks, leading to:

  • Higher Risk of Cavities
  • Erosion of Enamel

Limiting sugary intake, regular rinsing, and fluoride treatments can combat these risks.

Sports-Related Dental Injuries

Active teens involved in sports might experience:

  • Chipped or Broken Teeth
  • Tooth Loss

Customized mouthguards from Fort Bend Dental can protect against most sports-related dental injuries.

Tobacco and Alcohol Use

Some teenagers, unfortunately, experiment with tobacco and alcohol, which can lead to:

  • Gum Disease
  • Oral Cancer
  • Staining of Teeth

Regular dental check-ups can detect early signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Educating teens about the dangers of tobacco and alcohol use is also crucial.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, while a broader health issue, have dental implications:

  • Erosion of the Back of Front Teeth (from self-induced vomiting)
  • Dry Mouth
  • Tooth Sensitivity

Confidential consultations and a collaborative approach involving healthcare professionals can provide the needed support and care.

Contact a Trusted Dentist for Your Teen

Teenage years, while filled with challenges, are also ripe with opportunities to instill good oral health habits that can last a lifetime. Regular dental check-ups, a robust dental hygiene routine, and staying informed are the cornerstones of ensuring our teens transition into adulthood with optimal dental health.

If you have a teen in need of dental care or advice, Fort Bend Dental in Missouri City, TX is here to help. Together, we can guide them through these transformative years with a healthy smile!

Posted on behalf of Fort Bend Dental

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