If you are the parent of a teenage, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As they progress toward independence, some make questionable choices. The team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise can help with their dental health.
You may know of teens that skip meals, or eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some seem to spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping.
Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can impact teeth for life. Let’s discuss some vital dental issues for adolescents.
The third molars usually appear from late adolescence to the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth issues include bite misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, and damage to neighboring teeth. It is vital to monitor wisdom teeth.
Parents who notice their teenage abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.
Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing difficult. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teenagers with braces clean their teeth and gums.
If you visit any Idaho high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can hurt enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.
Athletics benefit teenagers in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.
At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we encourage parents to be vigilant about regular exams and cleanings for their teens. Our services incude family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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