Adolescent Dental Care

Can my teenager use whitening products for his/her teeth?

Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help your teenager improve the look of your teenager’s smile. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily brushing and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if your teenager decides they would like to go beyond this to make their smile look brighter, speak to your teenager’s pediatric dentist to learn about all whitening options. (www.mouthhealthy.org)

Are tobacco products harmful to teeth?

Smoking is bad in general, so it should be no surprise that all forms of tobacco are also harmful to your oral health. For one, they can cause bad breath, but that’s only the beginning. Other possible oral health impacts include: stained teeth and tongue, dulled sense of taste and smell, slow healing after a tooth extraction or oral surgery, difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems, gum disease, tooth loss, and/or oral cancer.

Is grinding harmful to my teenager’s teeth?

Teeth grinding (bruxism) can be caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. The symptoms of teeth grinding include: dull headaches, jaw soreness, teeth that are painful or loose, and/or fractured teeth. If you’re concerned about your teenager’s teeth grinding, ask your teenager’s pediatric dentist about the potential causes and, if necessary, the possible solutions. (www.mouthhealthy.org)