A Parent’s Guide to Teen's Teeth
12 to 18 years
During this stage, teens are introduced to many oral health risks. Teens often develop an increased concern with their appearance as they experience teeth staining, decay, or crooked teeth. If not properly treated, these dental problems can lead to low self-esteem and depression as well as future dental complications.
Be Aware of New Dental Risks
Consider orthodontics if your child’s teeth are crooked
We may recommend your child's wisdom teeth be removed in order to prevent overcrowding and decay
Use mouthguards during sports activities involving falls, risk of head contact with equipment, or risk of head contact with other players
Tobacco products are harmful to oral health and it is advised to avoid products altogether. Usage can lead to:
Higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay
Painful gum surgery or tooth extractions
Staining of the teeth
Are Tongue and Lip Piercings Healthy?
Some teens may want oral piercings in their lips, cheeks, or tongue. However, piercings can have negative consequences to their oral heath:
Infection and soreness
Cracks or chips in teeth