Keep your teeth healthy
Dentistry for Teens & Young Adults
If you’re an older teen or a young adult, it’s important to take control of your dental care, and ensure that your teeth remain strong and healthy for years to come. Proper at-home oral hygiene is essential for teenagers and young adults. It is also important to come to the office of Dr. Patrick Stuckey for a checkup every six months. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and stay on top of your oral health!
Care for Your Smile
Building Proper Oral Hygiene Habits
As a teenager or young adult, you will need to continue to maintain proper oral hygiene habits as you continue to grow and mature. Even though you’re older, you still could be at a high risk of developing cavities if you don’t brush and floss properly, and you could even get gingivitis (gum disease).
Teenagers and young adults need to brush at least 2-3 times per day for 2 minutes, and floss once per day. You should also try to minimize your consumption of sugary and starchy foods, and sugary beverages like cola, or coffee/tea with a lot of sugar.
After eating sugary food or drinks, it’s also a good idea to brush your teeth to help prevent cavities. If that’s not possible, using mouthwash or chewing sugar-free gum can also help keep your mouth healthy and fight back against the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Finally, make sure you see Dr. Patrick Stuckey every six months. Even as you age, you will need to continue having regular checkups so that your dentist can catch any potential oral health issues early, and make sure you get the treatment you need.
Smile Correction With Invisalign
If you’re an older teenager or young adult, you may want to straighten your smile for a more attractive appearance, but you may not be interested in braces. Invisalign could be the right solution for you.
Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses retainer-like “aligners” that gently shift the position of your teeth over time. Invisalign is invisible when worn, can be removed to eat and drink and to brush and floss, and usually takes only about a year to correct your smile. Contact Dr. Patrick Stuckey for more details.
Extract Troublesome Teeth
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Between the ages of 17-25, most older teenagers and young adults will experience the eruption of their wisdom teeth. These are the final set of four molars, and they come out much later than the rest of your adult teeth, which come in around the age of 13.
Unfortunately, many people do not have enough space in their mouths for wisdom teeth. They may grow in crooked, cause your other teeth to move and result in a lot of other complications. For this reason, most people choose to have their wisdom teeth removed when they start to come in. Consult with Dr. Stuckey to see if wisdom teeth removal is right for you.
Common Dental Treatments
Care for Young Adults
As you age, you may be more likely to undergo some common dental treatments. Periodontal (gum) disease is common in adults, for example, and can occur if you don’t take proper care of your mouth. You may need periodontal care (scaling & root planing) to deal with this issue.
You may also need to get fillings if you get cavities. Dental crowns will be recommended if you have an old filling that’s failing or a cavity that can’t be treated with a filling.
Aging and habits such as drinking coffee, tea, and wine or using tobacco products can also stain and discolor your teeth. Cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening are very common. You may want to consider whitening if your teeth are becoming discolored or stained.