Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue
1419 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Why Teens Can’t Kid Around with Their Dental Care

Rampant changes during teen years increases need for dental care

Teenagers are faced with constant changes to their bodies, emotions, and lives. With such a whirlwind of challenges, dental care may be far from their minds. Yet if they knew how much better they would look and feel by practicing good dental habits, they would all start to care about dental care. While teens have ideally been raised to follow good dental habits, they may not keep up their routines in their busy teenage years. This is why parents must make their teens see the benefits of dental care. Parents must also make sure that their teenager gets regular check-ups and cleanings from an affordable dentist in South Philadelphia who specializes in family dentistry. Since they’re so concerned with their image, teens need to see how dental care helps them put their best face forward.

According to experts in family dentistry, encouraging children to develop good dental habits at a young age is the key to maintaining their dental health as they get older. Yet parents have much more control over kids when they’re young than during their teen years. This makes it difficult to ensure that teens are paying enough attention to their dental care. Unfortunately, this can cause teens to experience some very adult dental problems. 

The teen years are often a time of experimentation, but teens need to know that their actions can have consequences for their dental health. Smoking and drinking can increase their risk of gum disease, which is a painful condition whose symptoms include gum inflammation, bleeding when brushing and flossing, and constant bad breath. While gum disease is most common in adults over age 40, it can strike as early as puberty if dental health is being neglected. It is a serious problem that must be treated by a dentist as early as possible to prevent it from causing more major health issues. In addition, while they may be popular, piercings in lips and tongues also put teens at higher risk for oral infections, gum disease, and nerve damage.

While braces are a common solution for straightening teeth, they can also present some problems. Braces can make it difficult to brush and floss thoroughly, so gums may become inflamed from improper cleaning. In addition, wearing braces increases the likelihood of canker sores. Maintaining good dental habits can help prevent these sores from forming.

Finally, teens tend to drink a lot of sugary sodas and energy drinks. The sugars and acids in these beverages are leading causes of tooth decay. Instead, encourage teens to choose water because it is the best beverage for hydrating the body and has the added benefit of cleaning teeth throughout the day. If plain water is undesirable, try flavored waters with no added sugar.

Since teens may be too young to know better, parents must make sure that teens maintain good dental habits. Dental problems can be complex and costly if left untreated, so regularly taking your teen to an affordable dentist can help stop any problems before they progress. While teens may have a lot going on in their lives, it only takes a little effort to visit a dentist in South Philadelphia who will help keep their smiles in top condition.

For an affordable dentist who specializes in family dentistry, call Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue today at (215) 310-5817 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate care in South Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue.

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At 64 years old I can't imagine their being a bigger baby than I when it comes to going to the dentist. Yesterday I had to have two front teeth […]
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Everyone was very nice. The Hygienist was great.
Marie Q.
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My experience here has been great! The staff is very professional & courteous.
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The women in that office were amazing!! They are all professional and very friendly. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
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Very pleased with dentist & her assistant. Very concerned for my needs.
Marie Q.
Everyone was very nice, my nervousness didn't last long. I take my sons there also.
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Roslyn W.
The wait was a little long, but well worth it. the staff are very friendly and flexible with your ability to pay and when you can come in. The staff […]
Laura G.
the staff at this location was good from the start of my visit till I left with the feeling everyone cared about me. Thanks to all.
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i just recently started going here. its a GREAT place to go!!!!!!! they are all so nice. I recommend this place to friends and family . I Love my […]
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Crystal S.
I LOVE THAT THIS IS AN ALL FEMALE STAFF AND EVERYONE IS SO PLEASANT!!! I THINK I FINALLY FOUND A KEEPER!
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I love it there! The staff is so friendly and easy to talk too.
Monica D.
Been there 4 times & each time was a good experience. This comes from someone who needs a good bit of dental attention! Like probably most people, I […]
Marie Q.
Hello, this was my initial visit, and i'm very pleased with the staff. My appointment was great, no wait time, and very informative, My new doctor […]
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I had a geeat second visit! The staff is always so friendly.
Monica D.
The staff is very friendly and caring.Wait time was not to bad. All of the proceedures were explained in detail and executed painlessly by the very […]
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The dentist I saw was excellent and compassionate. Not all about the money!!!
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Everyone was more friendly and courteous than the former employees.
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