Caron Glickman DDS
General & Cosmetic Dental Spa, Modern Integrative Dentistry,
Duvall Dental & Smile Makeover
(425) 788-1551

Cosmetic Dentistry for Teens

Dental care may be the last thing on a teenager's mind, but this is the ideal time to set in place healthy habits that will benefit you for a lifetime. To begin with, puberty can make a teenager more susceptible to cavities and the possibility of needing gum disease treatment now or in the near future.  As an active teen you may be vulnerable to chipping a tooth due to sports or other activities.  It is very important to address any dental damage as soon as possible.  It is very important to monitor your oral hygiene and eating habits.  Be sure to understand your oral health assessment by the dentist and how to put your hygiene plan into action.

Even Miley Cyrus practices good hygiene and has had a mild Hollywood smile makeover during her emergence as a celebrity. MileyCyrus

As a teenager you probably have a lot of stuff to worry about. You really should become knowledgeable about your overall oral health and hygiene.  However, if you rely on parents to keep track of everything you will need to take control of your own oral health.  As a teenager you really should not be getting cavities very often. If you are still getting cavities — or if Dr. Caron is finding cavities —a Caries Risk Assessment may be recommended. Aside from making sure that cavities are not a problem, though, the majority of dental concerns that teenagers should have center on prevention issues.

To keep that attractive smile for the many years to come, be aware of these things that could destroy your teeth and gums.

Avoid drinking too much soda. Because of the excessive amount of sugars carbonated beverages contain, they become the very reason why our teeth are being worn down by too much - thus, leading to tooth decay. You can minimize the damage soda brings by drinking through the straw so that there would be no direct contact of the drink to the teeth; then you should drink water to rinse away the remaining beverage from the mouth, reducing the risk of cavities.

There may be other habits that you could break if you want to keep your teeth and gum as strong as it is now until the future. Obviously, you would want to quit smoking or never start. When you chew or smoke tobacco, your teeth gets stained, you get bad breath, you become prone to periodontal or gum diseases and oral cancer. Simply quite tobacco use of any kind.

If you are experiencing eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, you have to get a grip on those right away.  Eating disorders damage the appearance of teeth by wearing down the tooth's enamel. Though dentists can restore teeth by removing the acid using dental crowns, composite fillings or other treatments, treating the eating disorder of the patient comes first.  This would be a calling for integrative dentistry. Dr. Glickman would likely recommend psychological counseling or refer the patient to a physician and integrate the eating disorder with dental treatment.

Teenagers may have oral piercing's. Be aware that you are risking your oral health by doing so. Oral piercing leads to tooth fractures brought by its chipping to your teeth while you eat, sleep, chew, and talk. It may also cause restriction of breathing due to swelling, painful infections, uncontrollable breathing, blood poisoning and blood clots. To treat these fractures, you may soon need fillings, crowns, or even root canals. Think twice about having any oral piercing.

Another cause for the teeth damage could be academic stress and bruxism (clenching or grinding of the teeth).  Teens tend to get stressed out because of upcoming exams or staying up late because of being accepted by the college of their choice. But then, when you feel that your jaw is sore in the morning, and you may even hear a clicking sound whenever you open or close your mouth or your teeth become sensitive; possibly, you even unknowingly grind your teeth while asleep. Tooth grinding or bruxism could lead to temporomandibular disorder (TMJ). Immediately have an appointment with your dentist so that they could fit a night guard for you to wear to protect your teeth.

There are healthy habits that will protect your teeth from damage and disorders - such as wearing mouth guards, especially of you are teen who is into sports where you might have hard contact to other players or hard surfaces. Mouth guards protect your teeth from being broken or chipped which might cause root and bone damage, or tooth loss.

Naturally, having good eating habits and a healthy balanced diet keeps your whole body as well as your smile in good condition. Eating foods from the basic food group and avoiding sugary foods that could stick to your teeth or stay in your mouth for long periods of time will help prevent permanent damage them.

Try some smart alternative food choices when in a rush like fruits, raw vegetables, yogurt or cheese. That way, you are not only safe from tooth damage, you are also proving your body healthy and good nutrients.

Teens are tempted by the many at-home whitening kits that are available in drugstores. You must be sure you know how to use it, because mistakes in following proper instructions can give you severe and serious damages to your teeth. It is still best that you approach your dentist for help and advice for they are the ones who know what is best for your teeth and unique smile.

As teenagers with young teeth and bones, those visible and surface stains are best removed whenever you have your regular and thorough cleanings with your dentist also supported when you use good whitening toothpaste with regular brushing.

Your dentist was once a teenager and understands our human nature.  Your dental hygiene may be mixed positive & negative - you have to be honest with your dentist about it so that they can give you the advice & treatment that is best for you.