Posts for: December, 2016
As a young adult dentist, we deal with problems that are unique to this particular generation. As with any professional that is engaged in the treatment of young adults, we address particular problems and specific challenges on a regular basis. For example, when treating young people we deal with issues like braces, wisdom teeth, and preventing bad social habits like smoking. We can help ensure that a young adult's teeth grow in properly and remain healthy
Growing Pains: Wisdom Teeth
It is critically important that parents bring their teenage child to our young adult dentist office on a regular basis. With regular appointments, we can start walking them through the changes from youth teeth into adulthood. The teeth are going to undergo certain changes, in addition to the added stress a teen is going to place on their teeth with habits and biology.
One of the most common issues that we deal with as a young adult dentist is wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, which are also known as the third molars, get their name because they are the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. Unfortunately, the appearance of wisdom teeth has very little to do with the accumulation of knowledge. For many teenagers, wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infections, cysts, gum disease, damage to the adjacent teeth, and tooth decay.
If a teenager visits our young adult dentist office on a regular basis, we will be able to keep a careful eye on the appearance of wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth look like they are going to be impacted, come in sideways, or are causing other issues, we may recommend removing them early. The only way for us to be properly appraised of the wisdom teeth condition is to ensure that your teen is coming in to see us at least once every 6 months.
An Issue to Watch For
As oral piercings, particular jewelry that is used in the mouth, have become more popular with young adults, we find ourselves having to deal with some of the problems that this jewelry can cause. Oral piercings or tongue splitting may look cool but they can be extremely dangerous to a young adult's health. The most common problems that young adults have with oral piercings is caused by the fact that the mouth is a petri dish of oral bacterial.
It is very easy if the teen does not keep the piercing clean and disinfected, for the piercing to become infected and lead to more serious problems. An infected oral piercing can lead to far more serious issues like systemic infections, hepatitis, or endocarditis. In addition, there have been instances of a young adult breaking a tooth on the jewelry and needing urgent dental care. We will keep an eye on this as their young adult dentist.
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One of the questions that parents frequently ask our kid's dentist office is whether or not it is important for their children to start flossing. The answer to this question is yes. Flossing is one of those oral hygiene habits that parents need to start teaching their child as soon as possible. Flossing helps give the mouth a full cleaning, along with brushing. Children are especially prone to eating sticky and gummy products that can often get stuck between the teeth. This provides a perfect breeding ground for the oral bacteria in the mouth to grow and prosper in a way that will eventually lead to cavities.
Teach Flossing Early in Childhood
Due to a lack of flossing among children, something that kid's dentists are actively focusing on, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of cavities across the United States. Think of a child's teeth in terms of nooks and crannies, that cannot easily be reached by a toothbrush. By teaching children to floss, or flossing for them, parents can help to remove some of the stuff that gets stuck between the teeth and can end up creating cavities. As a kid's dentist, we highly recommend that you floss your child's teeth at least once per night if they are not old enough to floss themselves.
It is not uncommon for a kid's dentist to be told by a child that they often do not feel any different when they finish flossing their teeth. This is something that they get from their parents, who also do not feel any different after flossing their teeth. This is because most people psychologically are comparing flossing to brushing their teeth, or rinsing them out with a minty mouthwash. The truth is that when you brush your teeth with a nice flavor toothpaste or rinse it with mouthwash, you are going to get a pleasant smell and that minty fresh feeling. However, with flossing you are actually going to be getting a far more comprehensive cleaning.
Flossing Needs to be Part of a Regular Routine
A popular analogy is that one does not wash a cup on the outside and then put the half dirty cup back into the cupboard. In a similar fashion, when one does not floss his or her teeth, it leaves them partially dirty. Food can get stuck between the teeth and lead to cavities, decay, or gum disease. For a kid's dentist, it is vital that parents understand the importance of flossing a child's teeth at night and that they pass on these good habits to their children. With proper flossing, a child will not have to visit a kid's dentist for emergency care, but regular checkups that are less serious and quick.
The great news is that kids can adapt to the routine of flossing very easily. Once they learn the habits, children are more likely to follow through with it for the rest of their lives. The second piece of good news is that once a child starts flossing, gum disease has virtually no opportunity to flourish. As long as you are also bringing your child in at least once every six months for a professional hygienist cleaning, your child will continue to avoid the worst oral health issues for a healthy mouth.