As a child grows and reaches puberty, their body is at the peak of its development, and many physical changes occur quickly. They are undergoing significant transformation in their facial skeleton and profile, which directly affects their dental configuration. Furthermore, it is around this time (age 14 or so) that most people develop their wisdom teeth. Therefore, teens are likely to suffer from a wide range of dental problems. By understanding these problems, individuals can find ways to deal with them. Some of these problems can be addressed by simple lifestyle changes, while others require medical intervention. This article looks at some of the most common dental problems in teens.
Eating disorders are prevalent in teens, particularly in girls. Health organizations estimate that at least 10 million people in the US suffer from these disorders. Some of the most common eating disorders in teenagers include bulimia, binge eating, anorexia, among others. These conditions will have a very negative impact on a teenager’s health, and may even grow to serious oral health issues. For instance, when a person has eating disorders, their teeth and gum will not be able to get the necessary nutrients, which leads to complications such as bleeding gums, prolonged dry mouth, and many others. So, aside from the potential adverse effects on oral health, teenagers with eating disorders must get medical help immediately.
Teenagers are known to be daring. That’s why you will find many of them trying different things in an attempt to discover themselves. Oral piercing is one of the ways that teenagers try to express their independence. Piercing areas can include cheeks, uvula, tongue, and lips. If your child is planning to get any of these oral piercings, get a dental professional involved for advice on the possible effects that the piercings might have on them, especially on their dental well-being.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common dental problems that teenagers face. A wisdom tooth is considered “impacted” when it grows in at an awkward angle. As they try to squeeze themselves through the limited space in the gums, they can end up coming in under or beside the neighboring teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last molars that emerge when one reaches adolescence. When impacted, wisdom teeth can cause other serious dental problems, including gum infections, damage to other teeth, deformed jawbone, etc. To avoid issues caused by impacted wisdom teeth, you should have them extracted as soon as the doctor detects a problem.
We offer wisdom teeth extraction and are available for consultations. It is essential to find out what state a teen’s wisdom teeth are in to determine the best course of action. Contact us today and learn your options.