Tween/Teen

A child’s adolescent years are so important for growth and development. During ages 12-18 children will fully develop all their adult teeth and these years of dental health will be closely monitored by our Board Certified pediatric dentists!

What's Most Important During This Time

  • Continue with Brushing and flossing for a healthy adult tooth foundation
  • Your child should be evaluated regularly during these years to see if he/she may need orthodontic treatment
  • Be wary of Sports and Energy drinks (high sugar drinks)
  • Your child’s permanent teeth are in around the age of 12 or 13.  Wisdom teeth (third molars) can erupt as late as 21 years old.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do if My Child Knocks Out a Permanent Tooth?

First of all, remain calm. If possible, find the tooth and hold it by the crown rather than the root. Replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

When do Wisdom teeth Arrive & Does My Child Need Them Out?

All of your child’s permanent teeth will be in by around the age of 12 or 13 except for the wisdom teeth. These third molars can erupt as late as 21 years old, but we’ll keep an eye on them and keep you posted about whether or not your child will need to have those extracted with an oral surgeon. We recommend children have a panoramic film taken around age 12 and 16 to monitor the development of wisdom.

How Do I Know if My Child Needs Braces?

Your child will be evaluated regularly during these years to see if he/she may need orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics are often recommended to help with the growth and development of a person’s mouth, the appearance and alignment of teeth, and the overall health of the mouth by relieving excess pressure in certain areas of the bite.

What To Do When Braces and Wires Break

Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; see a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

What do I do if an adult tooth is chipped, broken, relocated or prematurely Loose

1. Call us right away. Fast action can save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.
2. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
3. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the office.

Are Sports / Energy Drinks Healthy?

Use caution! Sports & energy drinks become a popular item as your child starts to play organized sports more regularly. However, they are definitely something to use with extreme caution. Most ideally, we’d encourage avoiding them all together and sticking with water for hydration purposes.

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