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Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

adolescent dental health

When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time for Las Vegas youth. 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 dangerous to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and how itinfluences lifelong oral health. Some young Las Vegas men and women develop teenage dental caries that can cause recurring dental troubles in later years.

Eating disorders are far too common among Las Vegas area youth. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly urge 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 Las Vegas 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.

Moreover, adolescents 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 properly 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 youth with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

Providence Dental advises Nevada parents to make sure their teenagers receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Steven Do can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following essential guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule an extensive teen dental examination and cleaning, call Providence Dental at 702-852-2244. The team of convenient dental professionals at Providence Dental is committed to oral health for Las Vegas area patients of all ages.

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166