If you are a teenager or the parent of one, this post from Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township is for you.
Dental risks for teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors. We see decay and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and circumstances include poor dental hygiene and diet, misaligned bite, smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.
As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Diets may become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat.
A misaligned bite (malocclusion) can make proper brushing and flossing difficult, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder).
In spite of numerous public service campaigns aimed at prevent smoking, many teenagers take up the habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking is bad for teeth as surely as it is bad for lungs.
Puberty has a significant impact on physical and emotional health. It causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels (especially in females) can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of gum disease.
At Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township, we want all our patients to have and maintain good dental health. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!