Just as young children have specific dental needs as their teeth are developing, teens also require special attention. Not only are their teeth still changing, but it is important that oral care habits continue to be maintained so that the teeth continue to develop normally. New Teeth Dental Solutions is available in Houston to help your teen maintain healthy teeth and gums and to help foster a beautiful smile.
You often see orthodontic treatment (commonly traditional braces) in teenage patients. The reason for this is that at this age, the permanent teeth have come in but are still more easily manipulated into a new position than they would be once the patient has reached adulthood. It’s recommended, however, that children receive an orthodontic screening by the time they are seven years old in order to determine whether orthodontic treatment will be needed later on.
Even if they have established a good oral hygiene routine as children or preteens, it is easy for teenagers to start to neglect good oral care habits as they age. There are several reasons for this, including increased independence, unhealthy choices in diet, and a busier schedule in which oral health does not hold a priority. Because of this, they may be at a higher risk of developing cavities or gum disease.
Remind your teen to brush every night. While it is helpful and important to brush in the morning (no one wants to walk around with morning breath), it is especially important to brush at night. The mouth tends to become dry during sleep, creating an environment in which bacterial plaque can quickly develop and grow, potentially causing dental issues. Brushing helps to clear away this plaque, along with food particles that have accumulated throughout the day. With busier schedules and later bedtimes, teens may occasionally forget to brush at night and need a reminder.
New Teeth Dental Solutions is happy to provide teen dentistry in Houston, including restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, as well as routine checkups and cleanings.