A question we are often asked is, “Should my teen still see a pediatric dentist or switch to a dentist for adults?” We say, Yes! Teens should definitely continue to see their pediatric dentist. Here’s why.
Even though it’s true that teenagers aren’t children anymore, growth and changes are still happening in their mouth, face and jaw, and these changes can impact their oral health. Pediatric dentists, like Dr. Kailes, Dr. Staman and Dr. Johnson, are specially trained to meet the unique needs of adolescents and teens, from proper oral hygiene education to possible orthodontic services due to teeth-crowding.
Top 4 Reasons Your Teen Should Visit a Pediatric Dentist
Teens are Still Growing
Teenagers continue growing throughout their teen years. Even though all their baby teeth are gone and have been replaced with their permanent teeth, their jaw and face are still growing and changing. Pediatric dentists understand this and are specially trained to monitor the growth and changes.
Orthodontic Services May be Needed
Due to your teen’s continued growth, their jaw growth may not keep up with permanent teeth, which can cause issues with crowding and impaction. A pediatric dentist will continuously evaluate your teen’s bite as their jaw continues to develop and will be able to spot any orthodontic related issues or problems early.
Wisdom Teeth Issues in Young Adults
Wisdom teeth, the third set of molars located in the back of the mouth, typically come in between the ages of 17 to 25. This can often cause pain, crowding, or even tooth decay. Since this area is difficult to keep clean, it is a vulnerable place for bacteria to grow, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Pediatric dentists can help detect problems or issues that can occur with wisdom teeth begin to appear.
Independence and Responsibility
Teen years can be challenging, but ultimately, your kids are learning to take care of themselves and lead productive, independent lives. These years are a good time for us to help teens develop the ability to make healthy nutritional choices, understand how to handle their dental needs more independently, and prepare them for the future when mom and dad are no longer making decisions for them. Also, teens have unique challenges with their dental health such as a risk of sports injuries, diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, and the presence of orthodontic appliances.
Once teens hit 18, we recommend they begin visiting a general or adult dentist. By this time, they have usually stopped growing, experienced orthodontic treatment, had their wisdom molars managed, and are more responsible for taking care of their own oral health.
Parents Choose Pediatric Dentistry for their Teens
At Pediatric Dentistry in Fleming Island, FL, we make visiting the dentist easy for both parents and teens with a welcoming atmosphere and compassionate staff. Take charge of your teen’s oral health today!
Schedule an appointment at Pediatric Dentistry today by calling 904-215-7800.