Issues We Address as a Young Adult Dentist

December 16, 2016
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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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Help your teen to have good oral health by bringing them to our office twice per year.