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Teen's Dentist - Info for Teens

Teenage Teeth Facts

Teen dental
At this age you now have teeth that will be with you for the rest of your life. By caring for them appropriately you can ensure the brightest, healthiest smile possible.

  • You have not outgrown cavities - Teens can actually have a higher incidence of tooth decay due to frequent snacking, busy schedules, and poor nutrition.

  • Healthy smiles are attractive - Not only is a clear, white smile a sign that you care about how you look, but nobody finds yellowing teeth, swollen gums, or bad breath attractive. Brushing, flossing, and keeping your dental appointments every 6 months are all important aspects of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful.
  • Movie star mouth - It seems that celebrities all have perfectly straight, white teeth. If you have concerns about crooked or yellowing teeth, consult your dentist regarding the various treatments available to create your best smile. If you take care of your teeth now, they will look good for a lifetime.

    Teen FAQs

  • How much time do I have to spend brushing my teeth?
    At least two to three minutes twice daily. Don't forget to brush your gumline and floss once a day as well. You'll have your teeth for the rest of your life and it's up to you to keep them bright and beautiful. A few minutes a day is a small price to pay for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy teeth.
  • Do sugary snacks really hurt my teeth?
    The more often you eat between meals, the more plaque forms on your teeth. Sugar is the most cavity causing choice that you can make. Try to choose foods that are less damaging and more nutritionally balanced, like fruits, vegetables, or nuts. Your teeth will thank you and so will your body. If you can't avoid snacking between meals, be sure to brush your teeth after you eat or drink.

  • I play sports, is it really that important to wear one of those mouthguards?
    Yes. A custom fit mouthguard from your dentist (or even a store bought version) can prevent tooth damage, tooth loss, certain brain injuries, not to mention the pain and healing involved in any dental injury. Professional athletes wear them to protect their smiles, and so should you.

  • Are smoking and chewing tobacco really that bad for my teeth?
    Chewing or smoking tobacco can cause gums to recede, teeth to yellow and rot, tongue sores, and mouth cancers. Not only will you look and smell bad, but you can die from it. So yes, it's a bad choice to make. Better never to start than to become involved in something that could negatively affect the rest of your life.

  • Will getting a mouth piercing affect my teeth?
    A lot of kids think piercings are cool, only to find out that it is a serious medical issue to put holes in your body. If done improperly your tongue or lips can become infected and swollen, your airway could become blocked, or you could even have your teeth cracked by metal studs or jewelry pieces.

    Dr. Gary Olen and Dr. Michael Maurer
    are members of the

    American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

    Dr. Gary Olen and Dr. Michael Maurer
    773 Broadway
    El Cajon, CA
    (East San Diego Braces for Teens)
    Phone: (619) 440-5915

    San Diego pediatric dentists with pediatric dental care for all kids in El Cajon, California

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