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 aligned 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 teenage dental hygiene and how it affects lifelong oral health. Some young Las Vegas men and women develop teenage tooth decay that can cause recurring dental problems in later years.
Unfortunately, eating disorders are far too common among youth. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly recommend 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.
Additionally, adolescents that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of cavities and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely dangerous. 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 teenagers with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.
Summer Kids Dental advises Nevada parents to make sure their youth receive twice-yearly teen dental exams and cleanings. Summer Dental 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 a comprehensive teen dental examination and cleaning, call Summer Kids Dental at 702-342-0305. The team of Exceptional dental professionals at Summer Kids Dental is passionate about oral health for Las Vegas children and teens.
1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/
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