When it comes to oral health, the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI considers adolescence is a pivotal time. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come in providing young men and women with their adult smile. Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be corrected with orthodontia, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.
On the downside, some teenagers take up habits that are harmful to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and how it affects lifelong oral health. Some young folks develop cavities that can cause recurring dental troubles in later years.
Unfortunately, eating disorders are far too common among teenagers. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly advise parents to intervene immediately and seek appropriate medical care if they suspect their teen has an eating disorder.
The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young men and women decrease their calcium intake—a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.
In addition, youth that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of dental caries and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely harmful. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.
Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time thoroughly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.
Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI advises parents to make sure their adolescents receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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