When you held that tiny new baby in your arms for the very first time, you knew it wouldn’t last. You knew that at some point, your tiny little baby would grow up. Now that tiny baby is a teen, and he or she is probably on the go all of the time. That doesn’t mean, though, that it’s okay to neglect good oral health now. You might want to offer your teen a few helpful tips now.
- Regular dental visits are still important. To maintain good dental health, having your teeth checked and cleaned every six months is essential. Even though the schedule may be much busier now, there’s always time to keep up with good dental care.
- Protection is a must. Many teens participate in sports, and protecting that smile is important. Teens should wear a mouthguard to avoid chipped teeth and a face mash when possible. If your teen wears braces, a nightguard can be important because one knocked-out tooth will undo all of the orthodontic treatment you’ve worked so hard to provide.
- Diet matters. Teens thrive on sugar and carb-heavy foods, but it’s exactly this kind of diet that can damage teeth. Try to limit junk food consumption as much as possible, and you may even want to increase their intake of sugar-free gum to help promote saliva flow. The teen years are also the most likely time to develop eating disorders, and those can be a real problem for oral health.
- No tobacco! Make this a rule in your house. Tobacco use, of any kind, means putting oral health at risk, so ensure your child knows the real dangers of tobacco.
Help your child realize just how important oral care can be, even in the teen years. Set up an appointment for your teen with us today.
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We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…
You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.
We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am
The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.
We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.
Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.