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Common teenage dental issues

Dentists always advice teens to maintain good oral health. Teenagers commonly experience some dental diseases and problems that will need to be solved, prevented as well as treated. There are many reasons why teens experience dental problems. First, they tend to not have the proper dental routine.  Second, they fail to eat healthy food daily.

As a result, It is advisable, that you get them to brush as early as possible to teach them proper dental care in order so that these habits are part of their everyday life.  As your child grows, it is inevitable that they will eat candies and other sweet foods. If they don’t have good oral hygiene then they will probably have dental problems when they reach their teenage years.

Teeth irregularity with their jaw and bite is the first common dental problem that a teenager will face. As teens grows there are some tendencies that their teeth do not grow in straight. This can be a by product of poor eating habits when their were a child.

An Orthodontic is a dentist who deals with irregular teeth, jaw and bite. These kind of dentists also treat jaw disorders and facial abnormalities. If your child has crowded, crooked teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth, an under bite, overbite, jaw joint disorder, or a misaligned jaw, they will need to see a Orthodontic.

Braces are also common need for teenagers.  Usually around the ages of ten to 14.

Gum disease is another common dental problem. This is one of the leading cause of tooth loss (periodontal disease). Periodontal disease is a kind of infections of tissues and bones that supports the teeth. When gum disease is untreated it can lead to your teeth falling out.

Gum disease can be inherited, the results of foods that you eat and poor dental hygiene. If one experiences bleeding of the gums while brushing or flossing, discoloration of gums (healthy gums should look pink and firm, not red, swollen, or tender) , any sign of gums pulling away from teeth, bad breath that won’t go away and loose teeth, then you might have gum disease.

Molars or wisdom teeth are also common to teenagers from 15- 25 years old. These teeth cause problem, because most of the mouths are too small to adjust new teeth and hence they need to be removed. Adolescent experiences pain, facial swelling, mouth infection and gum-line swelling, then they should be extracted immediately. Surgery is performed to remove the tooth or teeth. The gum tissue covering the wisdom tooth is removed and the connective tissue connecting the tooth to the bone is detached.

Preventing teeth sensitivity

Many individuals are suffering from teeth sensitivity. In some cases this is because of whitening solutions that they apply on their teeth. For other of a particular age, it is caused by receding of the gum lines. This exposes the dentin that is covered by cementum when exposed causes teeth sensitivity.  There are also nerve cells contained within the pulp of a tooth. If the enamel is weak or missing, it can cause immense levels of sensitivity.

There are many ways to prevent teeth sensitivity. The first thing that you need to do is consider the types of products that you are using for your oral hygiene. Like the brushes that you use, the type of products that you use for your teeth can affect your teeth negatively. So make sure that you use a soft bristle brush. Hard bristles may actually crack and wear away the enamel. Make sure that you gently brush your teeth. Applying low pressure can prevent teeth sensitivity.

Next thing that you need to consider is the food that you eat. Choosing the right foods can help not only for your health but also help to prevent teeth sensitivity. Several foods contain acids that damage the enamel and cause of sensitivity.

Dental treatments and other procedures are very effective and helpful to maintain good oral hygiene. But, they can cause teeth sensitivity. You should always use toothpastes and mouthwashes that are considered nonabrasive. You can consult with your dentist when it comes to these matters. They can provide you with the best brands that can help you with your sensitive teeth.

The last thing is to change your life style. Smoking and drinking can damage you teeth and affect the color that it has. So you should strongly consider making changes to your life for your overall health.

How to floss

Daily flossing is very important.  Its one of the most important things that one can do to ensure good dental hygiene.  It is important because it remove plaque between your teeth and gums.  Personally, for me, flossing with my hands is not very easy.  The most common method is to cut a 12 inch length of floss.  Then pull the floss tight using your two hands and then guide the floss between your teeth and gently zig zag them back and forth.  Side the floss up and down against your tooth to remove any plaque or food caught between your teeth.

If you notice it is very hard to get the floss between your teeth, that is a sign that you have not been flossing regularly.  Gradually, it will get easier as you floss.  The more you floss the easier it will get.  Now for me, I buy a floss handle and use it similar to a tooth brush.  I place it inside my month and guide the floss between my teeth.  Its really helpful.  If you can’t do it manually ask your dentist or go to the local CVS and see the available flossing tools available.  Any of those flossing products will help you get the job done.  Just keep at it as it will help keep your dental hygiene up to par and more importantly save you money on your dental insurance.