As children transition into adulthood, their needs change. We have created a special area in our office to suit the unique physiological and social factors associated with being a young adult. Our teen center has a Hawaiian-themed atmosphere with surfing motif and televisions in the ceiling. This relaxing environment allows for upbeat socializing between the teenagers, doctors and hygienist.
Our hygienist of over fifteen years has additional training and many years of experience in adolescent dental care. Education about oral hygiene, gum disease and nutrition are emphasized.
Dental caries/cavities increase in teens because of changes in dietary habits, lack of motivation for good oral hygiene habits, increased demands in school work and social arenas and experimental drug use. These topics are discussed with the hygienist and doctor according to individual need.
Young adults differ from children in their overall dental needs. Many of our adolescent patients have orthodontic appliances and are instructed on preventing cavities that can easily develop around the braces. Wisdom tooth removal is a big concern for this age group. We can provide literature and ease the fears of oral surgery. Sealants are recommended when all the permanent teeth erupt to protect the chewing surfaces. Some teens require mouthguards for sports or more involved treatment considerations such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
Board Certified Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry and Infant Oral Health.
Weideman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is located in Citrus Heights, CA.
These topics and more are addressed and planned for treatment with our teen patients and their parents. We have found that motivating teens to be knowledgeable about their own dental needs leads to long-term health of the permanent teeth into adulthood. Please refer to the following American Dental Association link for teen related topics, videos, and additional resources (i.e. careers in the dental profession, cosmetic dentistry, halitosis, oral piercing, smoking/tobacco, etc.): American Dental Association site.