Just as adults should, teenagers should see the dentist every six months for a routine dental checkup. Manhasset, NY pediatric dentist Dr. Kimmy examines teeth, gums, occlusion, and oral habits during your child’s dental exam. At this age, children are old enough to manage their own oral hygiene. Dr. Kimmy will teach proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as determine if your son or daughter will benefit from orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth begin to develop during the teenage years. Dr. Kimmy uses digital x-rays to view impacted wisdom teeth and design an accurate treatment plan to successfully extract the unnecessary molars.
The habits that your teenager forms now will last a lifetime. During your child’s dental exam, Dr. Kimmy examines every tooth for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If she finds any abnormalities, she will recommend appropriate treatment to repair oral health. Young adults are highly susceptible to cavities, due to sugary foods and drinks.
Cavities are formed when bacteria and acid erosion wear down tooth enamel. When this happens, teens can experience temperature sensitivity and discomfort while chewing.
During the dental checkup, Dr. Kimmy will look for signs of infection and wisdom teeth eruption. Wisdom teeth don’t serve a purpose; therefore Dr. Kimmy recommends extracting them to avoid potential dental issues.
Wisdom teeth can help with chewing, but removing them does more good than harm. Dr. Kimmy encourages extraction because for some patients, teeth don’t fully erupt, which creates room for bacterial infection. Wisdom teeth don’t always grow straight, when that happens; surrounding nerves could negatively be affected if the teeth aren’t removed.
Dr. Kimmy uses digital x-rays to view wisdom teeth location, as well as decay between teeth. We use digital x-rays for our patients because they emit 80-90 percent less radiation that traditional radiographs. Dr. Kimmy recommends new x-rays each year, which she will conduct during your child’s dental checkup.
A significant reason for teen dental checkups is orthodontics. Braces are used to straighten teeth and correct malocclusion (bad bite). Misaligned jaws can result in painful situations, not to mention a crooked smile is cuter on little ones than it is on teenagers.
Traditional braces are the ideal orthodontic treatment for teens. Dr. Kimmy will refer your son or daughter to an orthodontist who will securely attach the brackets to each tooth and connect the brackets with a single wire. Every few weeks, the orthodontists will tighten the wire, gradually pulling the teeth into a straighter position.
Although Dr. Kimmy doesn’t apply the braces herself, orthodontics is still an important reason to schedule a dental checkup. Crooked teeth are harder to clean between, which makes them more susceptible for bacterial build up and trapped food particles.
Many teenagers decide to play contact sports in high school. At your child’s dental checkup, Dr. Kimmy will use a dental impression to create a custom-made plastic mouth guard for your child. A mouth guard from our office fits better, ultimately providing more protection, than store-bought devices. Boil and bite mouth guards (found at any athletic store) are customized to fit securely over your child’s teeth.Leave a reply →