Bring Your Teen to a Family Dentist
Bring your teens to our family dentist office on a regular basis. It is important for parents to understand that while teens can do a better job of brushing and flossing their teeth than younger children, teens still need to visit the dentist on a regular basis. It is easy for parents to think that because they are older, a teen can handle all of their oral health care needs on their own.
While this is certainly true in some ways, it is not true in every way. A teen is very unlikely to visit the dentist on their own. In fact, they are unlikely to even suggest scheduling an appointment. Thus, it may become necessary to handle these matters for them even if they go to college.
Routines are important
Routines established when a child is young can help to set the stage for their oral health routines as they age. Brushing and flossing with them and encouraging healthy decisions in regards to food that is selected, are all important for long-term oral health. Naturally, parents tend to be very good at this when a child is young. As the child gets older, some parents become laxer with keeping a steady routine. While teens can be responsible, oral hygiene may be one area they slack off.
Sometimes this is the case but it is not wise to depend on that. Continue to remind the teen and encourage making healthy decisions. These healthy routines also need to include a trip to the family dentist office. This is something that everyone, regardless of age, needs to do twice per year. By scheduling an appointment, we can remove any plaque or tartar left behind after brushing.
Protection for teeth
Good oral hygiene and regular trips to our dentist office help teeth to remain in good condition. This is important because healthy teeth are stronger teeth. Teeth that do not have cavities are less likely to become broken or damaged when connecting with something hard or just as normal course of action. Another way that parents can help to protect their older children's teeth is to encourage wearing a mouthguard while playing sports.
A guard surrounds the teeth so that if a fly ball or random elbow were to collide with the mouth, the teeth will be protected and preserved. Otherwise, it is all too common for teens to experience significant dental damage when playing sports.
If a teen does damage a tooth either through an accident or tooth decay, we have the tools necessary to restore it in a way that looks entirely natural. Keep in mind that the teeth teens have are their permanent adult teeth so it is important to ensure that any restorations look as good as possible. We use ceramic fillings and solutions like dental bonding to correct any damage, and we can complete the process relatively quickly.
Bring them to our family dentist office
Help your children remain in excellent oral health as they age by scheduling an appointment with our dental office today.