Adolescent Center

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We ask that all parents/guardians remain in the clinic while your child is being seen.

What is an Adolescent clinic?

In Dentistry, adolescence begins when children start to develop mixed dentition.  (Big teeth and baby teeth.)  Your dentist will help you to decide which clinic is best for your child's teeth.   The Adolescent Clinic is specifically geared toward taking care of dental concerns with regards to your child's adult teeth.  The Dentists at the clinic limit their practice to adolescence and adults with special needs.   

Can my teenager use whitening products for his/her teeth?

Everybody loves a bright, white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help improve the look of your teenager’s  smile. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily brushing and regular cleanings at your dentist’s  office, but if your teenager decides they would like to go beyond this to make their smile look brighter,  we recommend that you speak with your dentist first to help them choose a product that will minimize sensitivity and maximize the brightness.  There are many products on the market today, we want to help your teenager make sure they are using a product that protects their smile while brightening it.  

Is grinding harmful to my teenagers teeth?

Teeth grinding (bruxism) can be caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. The symptoms of teeth grinding include: dull headaches, jaw soreness, teeth that are painful or loose, and/or fractured teeth. If you’re  concerned about your teenager’s  teeth grinding, ask your dentist about the potential causes and, when necessary, possible solutions.

What can I do to protect my teenagers teeth during sporting activities?

If your teenager plays contact sports, make sure to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth from getting chipped,  broken, or knocked out. A mouth guard absorbs the force of contact- either from an elbow to the face, or even biting your teeth together.  You may use the ones available at the local store, or ask your dentist about a custom made one from the dental office. 

How often should I get a new toothbrush?

You should change to a new toothbrush as soon as the bristles are frayed or bent.  Your dentist will most likely supply you with a toothbrush that is the proper size and softness to protect their gums.  If you need to replace a toothbrush between dental visits,  please make sure that it is the correct age-specific toothbrush.  Always allow toothbrushes to dry between brushings. Change to a new toothbrush after any illness or a strep throat infection. 

My gums bleed when I brush and floss them?

We recommend brushing softly and flossing more.  Hormonal changes are sometime responsible for red and swollen gums. Interproximal decay (in between the teeth) may also be a cause of inflamed or sore gums, so flossing is especially important .

What if my teenager gets a tooth knocked out?

Remain calm, then find the tooth.  Hold it by the crown rather then root and try to reinsert it in the socket.  If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk  and take your teenager and the tooth to your dentist.

When will my teenager get his/her wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth actually begin forming before the age of 10, and if they erupt it is between the age of 17 years to 21 years.  Not everyone will get wisdom teeth.  An x-ray by the Dentist will reveal when and if they need to be removed. 

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