As kids grow, their dental challenges change. Teenagers have more freedom to choose their own diets and care for their own teeth, and additional risk factors like smoking and vaping can pose threats to their oral health too, particularly when combined with orthodontic treatment. At SmileKids! Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Nadgie can help educate your teenager and protect their oral health as they grow into a young adult. Call 276-663-3126 to schedule a consultation now!
Talking to your teenagers about their oral health can be tricky. As they grow, teenagers tend to become a bit more rebellious and dismissive of your advice, so you might not be sure how to get through to them about proper oral care.
Our best advice is to treat them like an adult. Teenagers want responsibility, and they want to be treated like adults, not kids. Let them know that their teeth are their own responsibility, and that how they treat their teeth as a teenager can have serious effects on their oral health as they grow up.
Another tip is to emphasize the cosmetic benefits of proper oral health and hygiene. Many teenagers are very concerned about their appearance. Let your teens know that failing to brush properly, along with habits like smoking, vaping, or drinking too many staining beverages, can cause stains and damage to their teeth, leading to a less appealing smile.
Seeing a dentist like Dr. Nadgie will also ensure your teens can learn more about their oral health from a professional. Teenagers may be less likely to ignore or dismiss advice when they’re talking to another authority figure, and Dr. Nadgie has years of experience working with teenagers and explaining oral health issues to them.
Regular visits to the dentist are extremely important for teens, for many reasons. First, teens usually have all of their adult teeth, which they’ll have for the rest of their life. It’s very important to prevent cavities and other oral health issues with their adult teeth, to ensure they remain strong and healthy for years to come.
Teens can also engage in unhealthy oral habits, like high-sugar diets, smoking and vaping, or not brushing and flossing properly, which can increase their risk of dental health problems. Regular visits to the dentist will allow Dr. Nadgie to give your teen advice on how to avoid tooth decay, and allow our team to identify signs of neglect when it comes to brushing and flossing.
Finally, preventive visits let us identify issues like cavities and gum disease in teens before it becomes serious. This saves you time and money, and helps your teen avoid future complications and damage to their teeth, gums, and oral tissue.