Keeping Your Teen’s Smile Healthy in Highlands Ranch
The physical and oral health changes that occur in your child’s adolescent years make this a crucial stage of smile development, especially regarding their self-esteem. Pediatric dental care for your teen is essential to help maintain a healthy smile that not only looks good but feels good, thus promoting positive developments towards your teen’s self-image.
At Sierk Children’s Dentistry, our child-friendly services extend to the needs of teens and young adults. With routine prevention, orthodontic treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, sedation, and dental care for adolescents with special needs, Jonathan Sierk, DDS, can ensure your teenager receives the very best care possible. Contact our Highlands Ranch pediatric office today!
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Should My Teen Still See a Pediatric Dentist?
Though it’s true that your teenager isn’t a child anymore, jaw and dental growth are still happening, and the increase in hormonal changes can also significantly impact their oral health. Adolescence is an important time to keep seeing the same dentist who has been taking care of them since birth.
Our Pediatric dentist is specially trained to treat the unique needs of adolescents. Your teen is going through many changes that, without the proper dental care and treatment, can negatively impact their oral health now and in the future.
Our Pediatric Dentistry Services for Teens
As a multi-specialty office, Dr. Sierk can combine pediatric services with cosmetic, restorative, emergency, and orthodontic treatments to help keep your teen’s smile and oral health on the right track.
Our Highlands Ranch pediatric dentist provides the following services:
Regular checkups involve dental exams, cleanings, and advice on how to keep your teen’s smile healthy at-home. We’ll look closely, checking for active signs of decay, infection, worn teeth, and uneven shades of enamel. During cleanings, we’ll remove plaque and tartar that can cause problems like gum disease and cavities.
When your teen is already busy with school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, proper oral hygiene often gets overlooked. As your team for professional dental care, we’ll make sure to educate them about the importance of diligent oral hygiene.
Wisdom teeth, severe decay, and dental trauma can pose serious issues for your teen’s oral health if not properly addressed. To better protect their smile against pain, infection, and future dental health problems, Dr. Sierk performs gentle tooth extractions when necessary.
Emergencies often include the loss of an adult tooth, sports-related injuries, and debilitating tooth pain. Should an emergency occur, please call our office so that our highly-knowledgeable team can assess the situation and prioritize treatment in a timely, compassionate manner.
With an in-house anesthesiologist who specializes in administering all forms of sedation and pain management, we can provide safe and effective treatment for any special needs patients or anxious teens. We offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation.
Our pediatric dentist specializes in dentistry that treats infants, children, and teens with physical, emotional, developmental, cognitive, sensory, or mental impairments, as well as those affected by orofacial disorders. Dr. Sierk has a unique understanding of the effects of these conditions and can provide effective treatment.
Orthodontic Treatment for Adolescents
By caring for young patients from infancy to childhood and adolescence, Dr. Sierk can properly monitor the growth and development of your teen’s smile. This includes being aware of any changes in their dental alignment as well as any potential issues that can make them feel self-conscious.
Most malocclusion, spacing, and alignment issues can be corrected between the ages of twelve to fourteen with the use of braces or other orthodontic appliances.
Oral Health Issues: Piercings and Gum Disease
As self-image awareness begins to develop, pre-teens and adolescents often find ways to separate themselves and find an identity. Mouth, lip, and tongue piercings are common ways to do this, which, in turn, pose risks for infection. If your teen expresses an interest in piercings in or around their mouth, schedule a visit with us, so we can provide information on potential risks and how to help minimize them.
If your teenager isn’t brushing and flossing regularly, they are at an increased risk for cavities and gum disease. Our pediatric dentist makes sure your teen understands the oral health complications dental infections can have on their overall well-being and helps them find ways to keep their smiles healthy between visits.
Impacted wisdom teeth, stubborn baby teeth, severe decay, and dental injuries are all reasons why Dr. Sierk may recommend tooth extraction for your adolescent. Quite often, adolescents have wisdom teeth that have enough room to erupt in the smile, but they are growing in at a poor angle. As these third molars begin to erupt, they press forcibly into neighboring teeth, typically causing pain, crowding, and problems with the bite.
Some teens can even develop impacted wisdom teeth, making it more difficult to practice good dental hygiene. To better prevent future oral health and orthodontic complications or to make way for orthodontic treatment, our pediatric dentist can perform gentle extractions for your teen at our office.
5 Oral Health Tips for Teens from Our Pediatric Dentist
- Always brush and floss - Just like children and adults, teens must brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day or after every meal.
- Be conscious of their food choices - Make sure your teen eats plenty of fruits and vegetables and limits their intake of junk food, fast food, and sugary drinks.
- Mouthguards - If your teen plays sports or participates in recreational activities, always have them wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth.
- Say no to smoking - Tobacco products, in any form, are dangerous and can increase the risk of periodontal (gum disease), jeopardizing your teen’s oral and overall health.
- Stay on track with regular dental appointments - Professional teeth cleanings and examinations every six months help your teen’s smile stay healthy and remain free of decay and gum disease.
Treating the Oral Health Needs of Teens in Highlands Ranch
Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Johnathan Sierk, cares for children of all ages, including teens. Contact Sierk Children’s Dentistry today to schedule an orthodontic consultation, wisdom teeth evaluation, or dental exam for your teen!
CALL US: (303) 865-4066 REQUEST APPOINTMENT