Teen Zone: 13-18 Years

What are the signs my teeth require orthodontic treatment?
Anything that doesn’t please you is possibly an indication that orthodontic treatment is required as the “perfect” bite is simultaneously the most aesthetically pleasing. In addition you may need orthodontic treatment even whilst being satisfied with your facial aesthetics. Signs would be tooth grinding, pressing, headaches in the morning, muscle spasms, receding gums, speech difficulties, not being able to close lips without consciously doing it, cracking noisy jaw openings.

How often should I floss?
As often as your hygienist has recommended. There is no generalisation in this department.

How often should I brush?
Twice daily.

Should I use Mouth Rinse?
Only when specifically told to do so by a dentist or hygienist.

I play sports what can I use to protect my teeth?
The best protection is from a mouth guard. They fit the best and protect the best. Next best is one of the commercially available ones, but they really don’t do much.

What are signs of Gum Disease?
Bad breath, red gum lines, bleeding while brushing teeth, bleeding while flossing.

At what age can gum disease start to show?
As early as 9 or 10 years of age.

How often should I visit the dentist?
Between 2 and 4 times a year, depending on your specific needs.

What are the general typical treatments you offer for teenagers?
Oral hygiene is EXTREMELY important for teenagers as they often don’t brush well (even though they know how to), and often have braces (which complicates the tooth brushing….) Fillings when necessary, aesthetic treatments, orthodontia…

What should I do if I fall and break or damage a tooth, do you offer emergency dental care?
The two most important things to remember when a tooth accident happens are: TIME matters…get to the dentist ASAP, don’t accept waiting…..we would take you on immediately because it is so very important. Secondly – look for and bring all pieces of tooth you can find.