Dental Health During the Teenage Years

The dental hygienist made my ‘tween’ daughter feel very comfortable and treated her with kindness and the respect an adult would receive. Very impressed with everyone’s friendliness, courteousness, thoroughness, and promptness. Will definitely be back!”

The above testimonial is from one of Lake Orion Family Dentistry’s valued patients. We always love to hear from our patients and, in this case, we’re happy to hear that a teenager enjoyed the treatment she received at our Michigan dental office.

The truth is, teenagers sometimes tend to get lost in the shuffle. Dr. Brad Greenfield is a family dentist, so he treats patients of all ages with a variety of needs- including teenagers. In the quest for independence and freedom, convincing your teenager to take a seat in the dental chair may be a challenge, but it’s necessary to help ensure that your son or daughter is developing properly and has healthy teeth and gums for years to come.

Dental Care for Teenagers

Many teenagers think that being healthy just refers to their physical condition. The truth is, the teenage years are crucial to overall growth and development. It’s often said that the brain you have when you’re an adult is wired when you’re a teenager. Dental health is liked closely with overall health and well being, so receiving quality dental care as a teenager can contribute to a foundation for lifelong health.

Because the teenage years are chock-full or hormone changes and growth, teenagers often require different dental care than any other age group. Of course, the basics of your dental care will remain the same. As suggested by the ADA, Dr. Greenfield will want to see you in our office for dental checkups and cleanings every six months, whether you’re five, 15, or 55.  At these appointments, we’ll clean your teeth, check for signs of oral problems, and make suggestions for how to improve your dental hygiene routine. It’s important to know that temporary gingivitis isn’t uncommon for teenagers. Thanks to frequent changes in hormone levels, you may experience bleeding, tender, or swollen gums, but don’t be alarmed. Dr. Greenfield can make suggestions for products to use to help you restore your mouth to full health.

Also, Dr. Greenfield will monitor your wisdom teeth at these appointments. Most people’s wisdom teeth erupt or begin to cause problems between the ages of 15 and 19, so Dr. Greenfield will want to keep an eye on them. If your wisdom teeth begin to cause you pain or swelling, schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenfield, and he can refer you to a quality oral surgeon to perform the procedure.

Braces are also a common part of being a teenager. Before you envision the silver, metal, railroad tracks you’ve seen pictures of your parents wearing in their younger years, you should know that the braces of today are much more attractive and efficient. At your next appointment, talk to Dr. Greenfield about attractive ways to straighten your smile.

For all of your dental needs, whether you’re in pre-school or a retiree, call (248) 693-6213 to reserve an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield at our Lake Orion, Michigan dental office.