Fioritto Family Dental proudly offers a variety of oral health services to patients of all ages; from a child’s first visit, to denture care for our senior patients. We’re also pleased to help parents with their adolescent children facing concerns common for this developing age group.
As a parent, you want to do all you can to keep your children healthy, happy, and prepared for adulthood. The friendly and experienced dental professionals at Fioritto Family Dental can offer adolescent dental care advice to help the preteens and teens in your home maintain optimal oral health as they head toward adulthood.
Adolescent Dental Care Advice
As children enter their adolescent years, they’ll undergo a slew of changes, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, as well. This is a time where kids begin to discover who they are. They’re emerging into their own right before your eyes.
Unfortunately, the prefrontal cortex isn’t yet fully developed, so they may act impulsively and fail to think decisions through to their logical conclusions (and consequences). As a result, they can be susceptible to peer pressure, and prone to making unwise decisions that can affect their oral and overall health.
The best thing you can do is talk to them about your concerns, and the caring professionals at Fioritto Family Dental are here to help. If you’re worried about common adolescent missteps like trying tobacco products, getting oral piercings, or even developing eating disorders, we’re happy to talk with you about strategies to curb these behaviors, as well as deliver related adolescent dental health information to you and your teens.
You may also be interested in topics like proper hygiene (brushing, flossing, etc.), braces, and the development of wisdom teeth. We’ll discuss these issues with you and your adolescent to come up with a customized plan to maintain oral health and achieve a radiant smile that will give your teen the confidence to face the world.
Nutritional Adolescent Dental Health Information
Adolescence is a time when kids experience rapid growth, gaining inches of height seemingly overnight. Proper nutrition is essential for natural development, as well as maintaining oral and overall health.
In order to ensure strong, healthy bones, including teeth, adolescents should stick to a balanced diet, as outlined by ChooseMyPlate.gov (formerly the food pyramid). A healthy diet includes appropriate daily portions of fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy. Sugary foods and drinks should be strictly limited as they’re not only unhealthy for the body, but they can damage protective tooth enamel, increase plaque and tartar buildup, and contribute to the formation of cavities.
If you have adolescents in your household and you want to help them maintain good oral health and achieve a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime, contact Fioritto Family Dental today at 440-951-5511 or online for advice, assistance, and comprehensive dental care services.