At Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, we see cavities and gum disease in far too many teenagers. Possible reasons include poor dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, and a misaligned bite. Whatever the cause, it doesn’t have to be that way. We encourage family members of all ages to take advantage of our dentistry.
Still, any parent knows that a young person is a special case. As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Some teens’ diets get worse as they have more freedom to choose what to eat.
Malocclusion, the technical word for a misaligned bite, can make proper brushing and flossing difficult. That leaves even vigilant brushers vulnerable to decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder). If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or has a clicking sound in the jaw joint, call us to schedule an exam.
Puberty causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels (especially in females) can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. We can counsel you if more frequent professional cleanings are needed to preserve gum health.
One of the teen dental issues that impacts most young men and women is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they lead to troubles with the jaw or surrounding teeth.
If you are looking for a family dentist in the Ladera Ranch area, we invite you to schedule an appointment at Hales Parker Dentistry. Services include general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry.
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