Teens and their teeth certainly take some looking after. It’s a time of life where it’s getting harder for parents to track what their kids are eating and drinking. Soft drinks and sports drinks are popular with this age group, but as you know, many of these have high sugar content that can cause tooth decay and cavities.
And hassle from teeth is the last thing kids this age need.
So arranging an appointment at Clover Kids Dentistry at least every six months will help Dr. Betty keep an eye on your kid’s oral health as they transition from young kids to young adults.
The importance of regular visits
It’s important to keep trips to the dentist a regular occurrence to maintain oral health and avoid your child developing any future anxieties about visiting a dentist in Arvada. We’ll happily help your kids look after their teeth all through school and college.
How Dr. Betty helps adolescents
Dr. Betty is here to provide reassurance and professional advice as those baby teeth start getting pushed out of your kid’s mouth to be replaced by adult teeth. These teeth sometimes need a little help to grow straight, and Dr Betty can refer your child to a close-by orthodontic specialist or endodontist for further treatment if required.
Oral issues affecting adolescents
As your children get older, they’ll be more and more interested in hygiene and become self-conscious about their smile. They might require early braces, or encounter periodontal disease and cavities. Your child might also be involved in contact sports and require a mouth guard to protect their teeth from damage during football, soccer, or hockey practice or games. This is a particular area of interest for Dr Betty. So if you or your whole team want to make sure you can leave the pitch at the end of the game with a great looking smile (win or lose), reach out to us today!
How you can help your child
It’s important for your child to maintain healthy eating habits to protect their teeth. We’ll give you, as a parent, advice about your kids’ oral health, and answer questions you might have—such as is it OK for my kid to chew gum? (Answer: sure, especially sugar-free gum, as it promotes the formation of saliva which is a natural teeth cleaner. And it can help with bad breath.)
What happens during an adolescent dental appointment?
We’ll typically carry out a thorough assessment of your child’s mouth, using dental X-rays if required. Should there be issues requiring attention, we’ll work out a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
Isn’t a teenager a bit old to see a pediatric dentist?
Not at all. We’re hoping you’ll keep bring your kids to us for dental treatment until they head off to college or out to work. Maintaining a long-term relationship will enable us to develop an understanding of your child’s oral health, and develop levels of trust and comfort that are vital to making trips to the dentist as hassle-free as possible.
Referrals to dental specialists
It’s quite possible that we could refer your child to a specialist for further treatment. Handily, there are dental specialists located in the same plaza as Clover Kids Dentistry who can offer your child the following services:
- ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat)
- Speech Therapy
- Sleep Specialists
- General Dentist
- Oral Surgeon