Teen Teeth & Breath
Let’s face it, the teenage years are busy years filled with school, sports and countless activities. So skimping on hygiene can happen.
With all their permanent teeth in now, teens need to ensure they maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. Without consistent brushing and flossing, teens run the risk not only on tooth decay, but the more socially awkward bad breath.
The medical term for what causes bad breath is gingivitis. The mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis is very common in kids. Often, kids feel no pain. However, they may notice swelling and redness in their gums and even some bleeding after brushing or flossing.
If you notice any of these signs, please let Dr. O know. With early professional treatment and improved daily oral hygiene, gingivitis is reversible before it progresses. However, early detection is critical.
Orthodontics & Braces
Most kids will benefit from some form of orthodontics/ Braces in their lifetime. A few lucky ones will avoid it altogether.
Dr. O will begin screening your child at around 7 years old to identify any current and potential future problems. Most likely, your child won’t need any orthodontia for several more years — but screening early can help reduce the time with braces and as well as cost.