Health Conditions Treated by a Young Adult Dentist near Hingham

August 31, 2016
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Young Adult DentistAs a young adult dentist in the Hingham area, we regularly get calls from parents concerned about their teen’s oral health. We are here to answer your questions and encourage you to schedule an examination any time that you are unsure of whether or not there is a problem. Beyond treating cavities and restoring damaged teeth, we can address a variety of oral health concerns.

A few common questions we hear are:

My teen’s tongue is white and it won’t brush off. What should I do?

They probably have thrush. If there is a white film covering their tongue that will not brush off with a toothbrush or tongue scraper, they could have a fungal infection caused by too much candida fungus in the mouth. This is a common condition that tends to develop after taking too many antibiotics. Fortunately, it is treatable, so bring them to our office for a diagnosis.

Why does my child have bad-smelling breath?

Teens tend to have bad breath, mostly because of snacking constantly, drinking too much soda, eating chips, etc. Still, brushing and flossing should make the bad smell go away. If it does not, they probably have a buildup of plaque or bacteria that is causing the smell, or a dental infection or cavity that needs to be treated. Bringing them to our office will allow us to do so. In some cases, they may have halitosis, but we will let you know when conducting the exam.

When should I bring my child in for a toothache?

As a young adult dentist, we know that teens are less inclined to visit our office, so they typically do not complain unless their tooth is really sore. With that in mind, you probably want to bring them to our office when they have a toothache. Otherwise, you can always try to brush their teeth to remove any sugar or bacteria, and then see if that provides some relief.

Are bleeding gums a concern or normal?

No. Your teen should not have bleeding gums on a regular basis. Occasional bleeding may be due to aggressive brushing and flossing, but on a daily basis, their gums should be healthy. Bleeding and swollen gums could be a sign of treatable gum disease.

Should I be worried about red bumps or sores?

Not necessarily. This could be canker sores (inside the mouth) or cold sores (outside the mouth). Canker sores can develop for a variety of reasons that include a compromised immune system and eating something acidic. Cold sores, on the other hand, are typically a contagious viral infection. Bring them to our office for a proper diagnosis and recommendations on how to treat them.

Visit a Young Adult Dentist

We can make sure your teen or young adult has healthy teeth and gums. Visiting our office twice a year is the best way to keep teeth and gums healthy, important for preventing toothaches, gum disease, and common health problems. If you ever have a concern or notice something abnormal with their mouth, call us, and we will be happy to examine, diagnose, and treat them.