COMMON TEEN DENTAL PROBLEMS

We all know that your teens are a time of great change. You’re maturing into a young adult and your emotions and body undergo rapid shifts; being a teen is pretty tough! That’s why worrying about your dental health can sometimes just seem like another problem to add to the pile of adolescent life.

We’ve all been teenagers and here at Ollie & Darsh we understand the worries you face. That’s why we’ve put together this list of common teen dental concerns and how you can avoid them. Read on to find how you can keep your smile bright and healthy into adulthood!

Smoking & Drinking

As a teen you may find yourself offered cigarettes or alcohol. Apart from being damaging to your health, both of these habits have specific risks for your dental health. Smoking can cause bad tooth staining, contribute towards gum disease and, far more seriously, different cancers of the mouth. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your dental health; avoid it at all costs.

Alcohol is generally very high in sugar. This high concentration can contribute to tooth erosion and tooth decay.

Playing sports

Being active is great, and many young people belong to sports clubs and teams. However, when playing sports it always pays to make sure that your teeth are protected from any potential damage, especially in sports such as rugby or hockey, where tooth loss can be a genuine hazard. You can ask your dentist about toothguards to wear while playing, which will give your teeth an extra layer of protection on the sports field!

Diet

We all love sweet treats every now and then, but keeping them as occasional indulgences, especially when you’re younger is absolutely vital to maintaining your smile. That means sugary sweets and fizzy drinks should be kept to an absolute minimum. Try snacking on healthy raw vegetable sticks, nuts or popcorn. It may sound strange at first but your teeth will thank you for it!

Orthodontics

It’s common for teens to need some level of orthodontic attention due to crooked teeth or slight misalignment. Crooked teeth affect your dental health as it makes it harder to properly clean your teeth if they overlap. Misalignment can contribute to headaches due to the uneven distribution of pressure in the mouth.

With Ollie & Darsh you can experience the revolutionary Invisalign system, but designed with teens in mind, by investing in Invisalign Teen. Working in just the same way as the clear aligners of tradition Invisalign but with a few key differences, including allowing for the fact that your mouth and teeth are still in a key developmental stage, Invisalign Teen is the perfect way to discover your perfect smile without the self-conscious worry of tradition braces.

If you’re interested in discovering what Invisalign Teen treatments at Ollie & Darsh can do for you, or you’re the parent of a teen that is interested in finding out more, call our friendly team on 0151 65 910 65 or contact us to arrange a free consultation.