Teen’s Dentistry | Nottingham Dental

Nottingham Dental provides a wide range of dentistry services geared towards teenagers and their young teeth. In this article, we discuss the necessity of teen’s dentistry.

Teen’s Dentistry

Maintaining oral health during the teenage years poses a number of unique challenges. Parents are often ill-equipped to deal with all of these changes that occur during the formative years. A teenager’s teeth are a lot more delicate, prone to dental conditions, and parents also have to contend with attitude problems that arise from them not caring about oral health.

Teenagers don’t really listen to instructions and advise the first time you tell them. And they may make you feel like you’re nagging if you remind them to floss and brush their teeth. But the constant reminder does sink into the subconscious and they respond to it, even if it is begrudgingly. That’s why it’s extremely important for parents to keep a watchful eye on their teenagers’ dental habits. This may just protect them from long-term dental issues and complicated procedures later in life.

In addition to your parental guidance, teenagers also need professional guidance for their oral health. You need to take them for regular dental cleaning appointments every three to six months and you need to set up a strong rapport with a dentist who is aware of their dental conditions. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of teen’s dentistry issues.

Why do you Need a Dentist for Teenagers?

Teenage years come with a unique set of challenges and oral health considerations often fall to the wayside. Teen’s dentistry is necessary because you need a set of professional dentists or dental hygienists who know exactly how to deal with teenagers’ dental conditions and their attitude. We don’t just take care of your oral health but we also show your teenagers how to care for their own teeth.

Preventative care is especially important for teenagers because this is the time they get their full set of adult teeth that will stay with them for a lifetime. As such, if there are any issues with these teeth, it will be a lifelong problem or they’ll have to opt for expensive procedures down the line. During the teen’s dentistry visit, the dentist will examine their oral cavities and teeth to see if there are any treatments required.

Different teenagers deal with different types of dental issues. Based on that, they may need treatments like cleanings, fluoride treatment, sealants, and others to maintain optimal oral health. 

Braces for Teenagers

One of the biggest concerns that teenagers have is regarding the alignment of their teeth. Some teenagers have crooked teeth, some have misaligned teeth, and some have other malocclusion problems that can also lead to bruxism and teeth grinding. These issues can arise because of poorly-growing teeth or due to overcrowding of teeth, amongst other issues.

Most misalignment issues, however, can be handled with braces for teenagers. Our dentists will examine your teen’s teeth to make sure their teeth are growing out correctly. If there’s any risk of misalignment, they’ll recommend braces. It’s better to get braces at a young age when your teeth are still adjusting because it’s easier to correct their position and you don’t have to wear braces for too long. If your teenagers get braces in adulthood, it will be a lot more expensive and take up a lot more time.

Of course, there may also be a problem with your teenager’s willingness. Most teenagers would rather keep their crooked teeth for a lifetime rather than wear braces for a few years. Our dentists can also offer invisible aligners that can align their teeth without the ugliness or discomfort of metal brackets on their teeth.

How to Protect Your Teen’s Oral Health?

Teenagers don’t often think about the long-term consequences of their habits. That’s why they may engage in activities that may seem harmless at the moment but that can affect their dental health in their adulthood.

To protect your teen’s oral health, you need to inculcate the following habits.

  • Healthy Eating: Studies have shown that there’s a clear connection between the consumption of sugary beverages and food items and dental issues. Sugar generally sticks to your teeth stronger than other food items, which can lead to the accumulation of plaque and tartar. It also leads to bacterial accumulation. This leads to bacterial decay and you can suffer from cavities and gum disease.
  • Brushing: Make sure your teenagers brush their teeth at least twice a day — once after waking up and once before going to bed. They should brush their teeth using a fluoride-treated toothpaste because they’re especially effective in getting rid of bacteria.
  • Flossing: This is a tricky one — flossing is extremely important but it has to be done correctly. Different people have different types of teeth and they require different types of interdental cleaning devices and methods. You need to visit your dental hygienist and ask them for the best product and method to floss your teen’s teeth.
  • Dental Deep Cleaning: Take your teenager for regular teeth cleaning appointments every 3 to 6 months. This is necessary because the dental hygienist will be able to remove all accumulated plaque and tartar, avoiding bacterial infection. They’ll also look out for signs of bacterial disease to stop them at an early stage.
  • Oral Safety: You should also protect your teen’s teeth by making sure they don’t consume alcohol or tobacco, both of which can affect their oral health. They should also wear mouthguards while playing sports as that can protect their teeth from injuries.

Schedule your Teen’s Dentistry Appointment

Nottingham Dental has some of the country’s best teen’s dentists and dental hygienists. We understand child psychology and so we know how to get through to your teenage children and make them see reason and the value of oral health. With your help, we can ensure that your children have brilliant sparkling teeth for the rest of their lives. For more information, please schedule your teen’s dentistry appointment today.