Dentistry for Teens –Birmingham, AL
Your Teen Deserves Exceptional Dental Care
As a pediatric dentist in Birmingham, Dr. Rohner has the expertise necessary to provide your teenager the most comprehensive dental care possible. Her and her team understand going through the adolescent years is no walk in the park. In between school, making new friends, and participating in after-school activities, it can be easy for your teen to neglect their oral hygiene habits. This can result in dental problems that affect their smile as well as their self-confidence. Our team is prepared to help your child protect their teeth and gums as they get closer to becoming adults. Give our office a call today to set up an appointment for them; we can’t wait to show them just how easy dental checkups can be!
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
We understand it can be difficult finding a time and day to get routine checkups done for your teen. However, there are few dental treatments more important than dental exams and cleanings as they are the best way outside of brushing and flossing to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Our office can also catch the early signs of bite abnormalities and oral cancer. During their cleaning, we’ll remove plaque deposits and tartar, then recommend suggestions to improve their at-home routine if needed.
Your teenager is likely well-equipped to brush and floss their teeth at home, but it’s common for them to forget the hard-to-reach areas of their mouth, including their back molars. As a result, these teeth can easily get covered with plaque and tartar, leading to cavities. Dental sealants can be easily applied to these vulnerable teeth, ensuring your child’s smile stays better protected as they reach adulthood. Applying the sealants is quick, painless, and provides about 10 years of protection!
Teenagers are more prone to cavities than you think, which is why fluoride is crucial in their diet and the oral care products they use. However, if they are replacing fluoridated water with sports drinks or snacking on foods containing lots of sugar and starch, they are at a much higher risk of developing tooth decay. As a precaution, we recommend fluoride treatments following their routine checkup and cleaning. Applying fluoride treatment to your child’s teeth only takes a few minutes and works to strengthen and protect their enamel in between routine visits.
While it would be nice to not have to worry about your child developing cavities, sometimes they find a way, even with the best at-home oral hygiene. If your teen does develop a cavity, tooth-colored fillings can prevent them from getting worse and keep their teeth looking natural. The composite resin we use can be easily color-matched to fill the tooth as well as avoid the setbacks that come with using traditional silver amalgam fillings.
Customized Nightguards and Sportsguards
Is your child particularly active in sports or other activities that carry a high risk for sudden impact? Whether they enjoy playing football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, or another sport, you’ll want to make sure they have the right protective gear ahead of time. Not only are custom mouthguards more comfortable and longer lasting, but they offer the best protection overall. If your child has a chronic teeth grinding habit, a nightguard can give additional protection and dramatically reduce the risk of waking up with cracked or chipped teeth!