DENTAL CARE FOR TEENAGERS
Teenage Dentistry Warrnambool
Teenage years bring with them a complete set of permanent teeth and a newfound responsibility to take care of them.
This should not make them any less attentive of their teeth with oral hygiene or maintenance.
It’s also a good idea to visit the dentist with your teenager to make sure their teeth have come in properly, and there are no special concerns regarding their dental health.
One of the biggest concerns in teenage dentistry is the need for orthodontic treatment. By seeing your Warrnambool dentist with your teenager, you can find out if they will require orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign®.
If necessary, orthodontic treatment should begin as early as possible. This will ensure that your teenager gets a head-start on straightening their teeth and jaws to avoid dental health concerns in the future.
Crooked teeth can create oral hygiene problems as a result of being harder to clean, leading to an early risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Abnormally positioned teeth or jaws can also cause pain, headaches, and general discomfort.
Nutrition for Teenage Dental Health
It’s especially important for teenagers to maintain a healthy diet as much as possible, such as limiting sugary and acidic food and drinks, while eating a nutritious and balanced diet.
This ensures that they are getting all of the nutrients and minerals necessary for healthy growth and development, which includes growing strong and healthy permanent teeth.
Snacks, fizzy drinks, sports drinks, sugary sweets, and too much starchy foods all take a toll on dental health.
It’s essential for teenagers to know the importance of oral hygiene and diet, and the roles they play in having healthy teeth and gums so that they can make better judgments in the future.
The Impact of Smoking on Dental Health
Apart from the dangers of lung, mouth, and throat cancers, smoking discolours your teeth, causes bad breath and greatly increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Eating Disorders and Teeth
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are harmful to health and can damage teeth as a result of frequent vomiting. Consistent exposure to stomach acids will erode the tooth enamel, which causes irreversible damage to the teeth and can lead to tooth decay.
A dentist may help reduce the damage by suggesting the use of special fluoride-based rinse and toothpaste. However, it is necessary to treat the disorder itself to ensure optimal dental and overall health.
Tips for Keeping Teeth Healthy
- Brush teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day or more. Use soft or medium bristles and brush gently with fluoride toothpaste on and around all teeth and along gum lines
- Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals
- Floss between teeth every day
- Use mouthwash to rinse your mouth of plaque (mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing or flossing)
- Use a straw when drinking sugary, carbonated, or other acidic beverages and try to minimise contact with teeth
- Don’t brush your teeth for at least one hour after eating or drinking something acidic
- Chew sugarless gum after meals or snacks to produce more saliva and neutralise acids
- See your Warrnambool dentist at least once a year or more if necessary
Teenage Dentistry in Warrnambool
Visit us with your teenager to make sure their teeth have developed properly and no special concerns regarding their dental health are present.
Teenage Dentistry in Warrnambool
Call us on (03) 5562 4433 or visit us at 454A Raglan Parade in Warrnambool.
Listed below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.
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What age does teething start?
Your baby’s first tooth may appear as early as three months or as late as a year or more. The average age is around six months.
If your baby was born premature, their teeth will likely take longer to start coming through.
How long does it last?
An individual tooth will usually only cause discomfort for a few days at most, but it can take longer for some babies. The whole teething process is usually complete by the age of two to three.
Is teething always painful?
Teething is associated with pain, but that’s not always the case. Younger babies may appear to suffer more from teething, because they’re less used to dealing with discomfort.