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Common Concerns for Teen Teeth

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Teens face a variety of oral health problems that require them to see a kids dentist or seek specialized care at an affordable family dentistry practice. These include irregular teeth growth, wisdom teeth, and dental decay. Learn about these dental dilemmas and how teens can protect their teeth from these dangerous dental issues.

The Beauty and Benefits of Braces

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that uses braces to correct or prevent problems involving crooked teeth, crowded teeth, missing teeth, overbite, underbite, jaw joint disorders, and jaw misalignment. Braces are usually worn in the teen years, but more and more adults and younger children are getting braces today. Kids dentists are often the first to detect dental problems and will refer patients to a specialist called an orthodontist. Realize that braces can be pricey, so if cost is a concern, look for an orthodontist from an affordable family dentistry practice who can work within needs and budget. After a full evaluation, an orthodontist can recommend the right treatment. The three main types of braces are:

  1. Brackets bonded to the front of teeth, which are available in plastic or metal, as well as tooth-colored or clear.
  2. Brackets attached to the back of teeth, so they are not visible to others.
  3. Metal bands that cover the teeth and wrap around back molars.

The Wrath of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth is the common name for the third molars, which typically come in by age 21. The problem with wisdom teeth is that they often come in improperly and do damage to nearby teeth. If this occurs, then they need to removed immediately to prevent pain, pressure on other teeth, plaque build-up, gum disease, and jaw disorders. Pediatric dentists or oral surgeons will often remove these teeth at the first sign of trouble.

The Curse of Cavities

When dental plaque is not regularly removed through brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, it can build up on teeth and attack tooth enamel. This creates cavities. While parents worry about cavities in younger children, pediatric dentists warn that the threat continues during adolescence when teens fail to take care of their teeth. The best defense against dental decay involves:

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal.
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Choosing a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Avoiding acidic or sugary foods and drinks.
  • Getting regular check-ups and cleanings at an affordable family dentistry practice.

The Problem of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal diseases are the most serious types of gum disease. While cavities only impact the tooth, periodontal diseases harm the surrounding gums, soft tissue and bone. Research shows that nearly 50% of adolescents are afflicted with periodontal disease. While pediatric dentists may be the first to detect the problem, they often refer patients to a specialist called a periodontist for treatment.  If left untreated, periodontal disease and ravage the gums, dissolve the tooth’s bone and cause teeth to fall out.  The most common causes include:

  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Plaque build-up from food particles not removed from teeth and gums.
  • Lack of nutrients in the diet.
  • Smoking.
  • Severe teeth grinding.
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, hormonal changes, and certain medications.

Luckily, there are various treatments today for periodontal disease. But teens first need to get a full examination at an affordable family dentistry practice or kids dentist to find the treatment that is best for their teenaged teeth.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Orlando, call Advanced Dental Care at RDV Sportsplex today at (321) 594-2624 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Orlando. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care at RDV Sportsplex, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care at RDV Sportsplex.

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