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Dental Concerns for Tweens and Teens

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Children begin losing teeth at around six years old and continue through their teens. Initially, the primary dental concerns for children and their dental health are to control plaque accumulations and minimize sugar exposure to reduce the incidence of decay. In my experience, cavities are the greatest risk to newly erupted permanent teeth, followed by traumatic dental emergencies in young patients. However, as children near their teen years, a change occurs in the bacteria in their mouths that increases not only their cavity risk but also impacts their gum health.

Between the years of 10 and 13 years old, approximately 16 teeth will have been shed and erupted from both the top and bottom arch of the oral cavity. Primary molars and cuspids will be pushed out and replaced, while permanent second molars (12-year-old molars) will erupt in the deepest area of the mouth, just in front of the future wisdom teeth. When all is told, 28 adult t…

Your child is now 18, how does this impact their healthcare?

Spoiler Alert!

The tradition for most informative written pieces is that the information given is presented in logical order, building ideas upon each other in a forward movement and expansion of knowledge.  HA!

Well, that’s the beauty of a blog!  There are few rules for the author, so while I have your attention I’d like to start at the end….that is to say the end of “childhood” and the beginning of adulthood, which is the legal age of 18 years old.

For all parents of 18-year-olds, LISTEN UP!  Your child, the one who’s room is a disaster, the one who still looks to you for food, shelter, heat and clothing, the one for whom you pay health insurance, dental insurance, car insurance and now tuition insurance is a LEGAL ADULT.  Overnight, they have become in charge and control of decisions regarding their lives and you, as the parent, are technically and legally no longer in the position to ask about their health or make decisions regarding their health without their written consent to …