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Why Teen Dental Health Is So Important

You've probably been nagging your child since the first tooth emerged about the importance of brushing two times a day. And, now that most of their adult teeth are out and they are fully capable teenagers, you can trust them to be serious about their oral health. But, the truth is that a lot of teens don't always brush their teeth two times a day. Maybe they were late to school in the morning and rushed through the door without brushing or maybe they were up all night playing their favorite game and forgot about brushing. Whatever the reason, you should always talk to your child about the importance of their oral health and how it can impact their overall well-being. You should also schedule regular visits with First Smiles Children's Dentistry for some preventive care. 

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Did you know…

From their first tooth, until they turn into adults, at First Smile's Children's Dentistry, you will find the comprehensive dental care that a set of growing grins need.

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Common Dental Problems For Teen

Crooked or Uneven Teeth

Most of us know very well that being a teenager can be quite hard. This is when children become the most aware of their appearance and any issue can affect their self-esteem. Crooked or uneven teeth can be such a problem that can affect not only how they look, but their speech too as well as the proper function of their mouth.

Braces or Invisalign are usually the best courses of treatment when it comes to crooked teeth.

Wisdom Teeth

This last set of molars can cause a lot of problems for your teen. The eruption of wisdom teeth is usually painful and can cause complications if there isn't enough room on the jaw and the molar starts pushing the other teeth to emerge. If your teen complains of discomfort or pain, then it may be good to schedule an appointment with First Smile's Children's Dentistry as a tooth extraction may be necessary.

Smoking

The teenager areas are a period of rebellion, pushing the limits, and taking on risks. It's not unusual for teens to experiment with smoking during this time. Help your teen understand that smoking comes with serious dental issues too, such as dry mouth, bad breath, stained teeth, and even numbness of the taste buds if the habit is continued excessively. Young people who smoke are also more prone to gum disease and tooth loss.

Oral Health Checklist For Teens

The best ways to prevent oral diseases are :

  • Regular brushing (at least twice a day)
  • Flossing and mouth washing
  • Changing your toothbrush every 3 months
  • Visiting the dentist every 6 months
  • Saying no to unhealthy habits (smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking drugs)
  • A healthy diet that includes lots of nutritious foods
  • Do not ignore any sign of pain or discomfort in the oral cavity
  • Wearing mouth guards during sports.

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How Do I Prepare My Child For A Tooth Extraction?

Getting a tooth pulled can be extremely scary, especially to a child, but you can help make it easier by being transparent with them. Also, work with experienced children's dentists to ensure a smooth process. As a trusted pediatric dental clinic in Modesto, First Smiles Children's Dentistry strives to provide your child with the best treatment experience possible. For a successful tooth extraction process, be sure to prepare for post-procedure care.

What Does the Tooth Extraction Process Look like?

Dr. Corey Acree will take an x-ray to determine the severity of the tooth damage, and if it's beyond repair, it will be extracted. We will then give your child an antibiotic to combat any infection around the tooth. However, if your child is too nervous, we will prescribe anti-anxiety drugs before the procedure begins. We will then pull out the tooth and let your child bite on a piece of gauze to stop bleeding.

What’s Next After the Tooth Extraction?

After a successful tooth extraction procedure, we will prescribe a painkiller to help reduce jaw pain. In some cases, we may recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent swelling. And after that, ensure your child does not eat any hard foods for the initial 24 hours. Let your child rinse their mouth with salt water to enable the stitches to heal quickly, mostly within two weeks.

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Sedation options keep restless children calm while receiving dental treatment.

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Why is sedation used in dentistry?

Sedation is most often used to treat dental anxiety and keep children at ease during their treatment. Fear of the dentist is very common, and sedation can keep your child calm during their appointments. 

Additionally, sedation helps with pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions. It also helps young patients feel more comfortable if they need to sit still for longer treatment times.

Is sedation dentistry right for my child?

As long as your child is healthy and is not taking any medications that may interfere with the sedation, your child should be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact us to learn more about sedation options for your child. We can discuss any concerns you may have during a consultation.

What does sedation dentistry feel like for my child?

This depends on the method of sedation. With laughing gas, your child will feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed, but will be fully conscious and aware of their surroundings. They will also feel less discomfort during treatment.

Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation will usually make patients feel groggy or sleepy. Your child will likely fall asleep, and probably won’t remember much about the procedure. However, they will not be unconscious, and can still be woken and respond to commands.

General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation. Your child will be completely unconscious and will not feel anything or remember anything from the procedure.

Is sedation dentistry safe for toddlers?

When done correctly, sedation dentistry for children, even toddlers, is completely safe. Several precautions are taken to ensure a seamless experience. First, we’ll take a detailed health history to make sure we recommend the right sedation option. We’ll then discuss options with the parent or guardian so that you understand the effects and are prepared to care for your child after their procedure. All methods of sedation dentistry are provided by professional and skilled team members, so you rest assured that your child's well-being is of the utmost importance.

Did you know…

All the 20 baby teeth will fall out before your child becomes an adult.

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