Common Oral Health Problems in Teens
Posted on 4/12/2021 by Dr. David Welton
|Teenagers experience a number of oral health issues as many of them have bad eating and lifestyle habits, do not place a high priority to dental hygiene and care, and avoid going to the dentist like the plague. Therefore, Dr. Welton and at Serenity Dental strongly advise parents to remain aware of their adolescent's oral health care.
Here are some oral issues that teenagers most commonly face:
Many teenagers make poor food choices that can result in tooth cavities. Frequent snacking on sugary and acid-containing food and beverage can result in the proliferation of harmful bacteria, accumulation of plaque, and erosion of the enamel. Hence, dental decay is the most common oral health problem in kids between the age of 6 and 19.
Brushing twice a day every day with a fluoride treatment and using floss can reduce the risk of tooth decay.
The same things that cause tooth decay can also cause infection of the gums or periodontal disease. The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and is characterized by red, swollen, and tender gums. At this stage, gum disease is reversible, but if left untreated, can lead to severe soft and hard tissue damage and eventual loss of tooth.
Your teeth and gums may suffer from injuries while you are playing sports that involve collisions and falls. You can reduce the risk of trauma by wearing custom-made mouthguards that protect your mouth.
Crooked or misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth can make it difficult for teens to observe proper oral hygiene. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, accelerated enamel erosion, and problems chewing and speaking. Orthodontic treatment can provide a straighter and healthier smile to your teens.
About 88% of American teenagers start smoking by the time they turn 18. Use of tobacco has been linked to cancers in the mouth, neck, and head region. Excessive consumption of alcohol and sun damage is also associated with increased risk of oral cancer.
Oral piercings can also have an adverse effect on your tongue, cheeks, gums, lips, and soft tissues of the mouth. Some issues include swollen and inflamed soft tissue, chipped or fractured teeth, embedded jewelry, gum recession and speech impairment. At Serenity Dental, Dr. Welton and , we can offer your teen guidance on the potential risks of oral piercings so that they can make safe and informed choices.
Adolescence is a time of experimentation and many of these oral health concerns may not be obvious to teenagers. It is the responsibility of parents to schedule dental visits for their teens so that any budding issues can be diagnosed in time and treated promptly.
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