Making It Permanent – Dental Care For Adolescents – 11 Years And Up
A lot is going on in your lives right now. Kids Dental recommends a regular regime of dental cleanings and visits to our office every six to nine months, regular brushing and flossing and…healthy living! Good habits promote healthy teeth, gums and overall good health not to mention a smile that makes the smile “owner” feel and look great. Why wouldn’t you want to do what you can to have a lifetime of healthy, cavity free smiles?
Regular check-ups at Kids Dental are an important component of preventive care and a six-month dental cleaning and examination is recommended. This regime helps the Kids Dental team and parents work together to identify issues as soon as possible regarding the young person’s ongoing oral hygiene and dental health. If your child has special health care needs, we may recommend more frequent appointments based on your child needs or susceptibility to disease as well as special equipment to assist you and your child with his or her oral hygiene.Here’s all the things your child should be doing every day to help ensure a lifetime of smiles:
Take steps to reduce the risk of injuries to the mouth and teeth:
- Brush twice a day and especially before bedtime
- Floss daily
- Eat a well balanced diet and limit harmful (sugary) snacks between meals. When food, especially sugary food, sticks to the teeth, the risk of cavities is much higher
- Use Canadian Dental Association approved dental products that contain fluoride
- On the advise of your dentist, rinse with fluoridated mouthwash
- Anyone at increased risk for tooth decay should see us about professionally applied fluoride varnish
- Rinse with water or chew a xylitol chewing gum after eating when it’s not possible to brush and floss.
- Be familiar with the normal appearance of gums and teeth so you can see problems that may be occurring.
- Talk to your dentist or doctor about the need for fluoride supplements. This may be necessary for someone with an increased risk of tooth decay or if the level of fluoride in the drinking water source is low.
- At this age, you should also talk to the dentist about any preventative measures that might need to be taken, including an assessment of the bite and third molar development.
- Limit consumption of any beverages that are high in sugar. Milk and water are better options to prevent cavities.
- Promote healthy eating as much as possible with planned meals and snacks such as fruit vegetable and whole grain and unsweetened dairy products.
- Real fruit is a better choice than fruit juice.
- Drink fluoridated water – either from your community water source or bottled at a concentration of approximately 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L (ppm).
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- If a permanent tooth is knocked out, you should retrieve it, holding it by the top part (crown), rinse it gently with water to remove any debris from the socket, reinsert it into the socket with the front of the tooth facing you and take the child to the dentist immediately. If you can’t replace the tooth, put it in a container of cold milk or in a cold wet cloth and bring the child to the dentist immediately.
- If the tooth is chipped or cracked rinse the mouth with water, apply cold compresses and see the dentist immediately.
- Wear a seatbelt while in a vehicle and make sure everyone else in the car is wearing a seatbelt too.
- Protective gear, such as mouth guards, helmets, elbow and kneepads or face protectors should always be worn for activities that could result in an injury to mouth or teeth.
- Avoid piercing to the lip or anywhere in the mouth that can damage teeth and gums
- Smoking and spit tobacco can also damage the mouth and teeth.
to arrange your next dental exam and get set for your child and teen to be cavity free.