Teens and Young Adults

57-Dr-Rich-and-teen-patient-2015Teens are caring, intelligent, passionate and understanding individuals with a keen sense of social justice, identity, and independence. We provide support and respect for our teens, tailoring oral health to their unique needs. Our goal is to create a trusting environment where they can feel comfortable learning about personal risks related to their oral health. We aim to help them make great choices on their own with knowledge behind each choice.

As teens enter into early adulthood they are faced with new risk factors for the development of tooth related health problems:

Sports Drinks

Sports-minded teens need to replenish fluids often, this poses the risk of choosing sports drinks. These drinks are loaded with sugar, salt, acids, and extra carbohydrates, which lead to weight gain, tooth decay and future illnesses. Water or flavored water without the added sugar is always a better choice.

Juicing/Juice Bars

While juice seems like a healthy choice, it is always better to eat whole fruit. Juicing extracts the sugars and nutrients but leaves behind the healthy protective fiber. The sugar and acids cause tooth decay if regularly exposed to the teeth. Fiber cleans out bacteria from your intestines, reducing the risk of chronic illness.

Coffee Houses

With the pressures of having to perform well in all of their classes, some teens turn to coffee or sweet tea as a way to keep focused. The hidden sugars added to these drinks quickly leads to break down of tooth enamel and permanent risk for future tooth decay.

No time!

The busy life of a teen doesn’t leave much time to cook at home or focus on a healthy diet. We can help by suggesting alternatives to greasy fast food such as a freshly prepared sandwich or salad with vegetables. Instead of the drive-thru, stop by the store and grab natural grain chips or veggies with hummus. There are quick, creative, healthy alternatives in every neighborhood.

Hormonal Changes

During puberty, hormonal changes cause an increase in blood flow to the gums. This can lead to swelling and tenderness around and between the teeth. Keeping up with daily brushing and flossing can keep the gums healthy and prevent gum disease and bad breath.

Stress

This is common among young adults for a variety of reasons and can lead to clenching or tooth grinding. The pressure can result in soreness or pain in the jaw joint and wearing of tooth structure. Our specialists may recommend muscle relaxation techniques, a mouth guard, massage or diet modifications to help alleviate symptoms.

Mouth Breathing

This happens when teens are concentrating on sports, studying, have asthma, or during sleep. A dry mouth with low levels of saliva results in bad breath, risk for cavities, and swollen gums. It is important to recognize mouth breathing and immediately rinse your mouth with water to produce saliva and wash away sugars, acids and food particles.

We are here to help!

#TeamWeideman is aware of the unique and personal needs of teens and will look for ways to help them progress into adulthood with good oral health. We are evaluating and helping teens with:

1. Individualized Oral Hygiene

2. Braces or Invisalign

3. Wisdom tooth evaluation

4. Gum Disease prevention

5. Tooth Whitening

6. Cosmetic Dentistry

7. Mouth Guards for jaw pain

8. Sports Guards

9. Solutions for dry mouth

10. Preparation for college life

College Bound Teens

Did you know that we reserve cleaning appointments specifically for college students? We understand that it may be difficult to find a new dentist while attending college. To make it more comfortable for students and parents we reserve cleaning appointment times during typical spring, summer and winter breaks with your convenience in mind.