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Dental Milestones: Ages 15-18

By the time your teen is 15 years old, they are busier and more independent than ever! During this period, it’s important to understand your teen’s dental health and stage of development.

Learn more about teen’s dental health from the pediatric dental experts at Milestone Kids Dentistry. Schedule an appointment now!

What Oral Developments to Expect for Your 15-18 Year-Old

Once your child is in their late teens, they will have a nearly full set of adult teeth. However, the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are beginning to develop around this time. Most adolescents will need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to prevent tooth crowding, jaw pain, and other issues. 

Your teen should continue to get x-rays during their bi-yearly cleaning so that we can check on their wisdom tooth development. If their wisdom teeth are developing in a problematic way, we will suggest that they get them removed.

How Often Should My 15-18 Year-Old See a Dentist?

We always recommend taking your teen to the dentist every 6 months. Regular cleanings will help prevent gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay, so your teen can maintain a healthier smile. We may also recommend fluoride treatment or dental sealants as a preventive measure against these conditions.

Keeping Your Teen’s Teeth Healthy From Ages 15-18

With your teen reaching the peak of their independence, they will care for their own teeth. While some teens may practice good hygiene, some may fall behind in their routines. This means that at this age, your young adult may be at a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues. 

Teens face unique challenges during adolescence, and it may be a little intimidating to keep up with dental health maintenance. We are here for you when it comes to dental hygiene tips, tricks and education.

Avoid Developing Bad Habits

Tobacco

Whether smoked or chewed, tobacco is dangerous to anyone’s health. Tobacco can cause tooth staining, oral cancer, gum disease, and other painful and unpleasant conditions.

Vaping and E-Cigarettes

It’s a common misconception that vapes and e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco. But the truth is, these can be just as hazardous to your health. Toxic chemicals found in e-cigarettes increase the risk of teeth staining and cancer.

Alcohol & Hard Drugs

Alcohol increases the risk of tooth decay, erosions, and mouth cancer. Additionally, illegal drugs are dangerous to your health, causing dry mouth, erosion, tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and more.

Unprotected Contact Sports

Many teens are busy athletes, and contact sports can put them at higher risk of oral injury. Make sure they wear a mouthguard when participating in these activities.

Encourage Good Nutritional Habits

As your young adult starts to spread their wings and become a busybody, they may make unhealthy decisions about their diet. Your teen’s dental health can suffer if they eat sugary foods and drinks. Encourage them to eat healthy, even when they’re on the go or without supervision.

Strengthen Good Dental Hygiene Habits

You may be more hands-off during this period in your teen’s life, but it’s always worth checking in to ensure they are brushing their teeth and flossing. Teens often miss the step of flossing, which is critical to prevent tooth decay. 

To floss properly, you should take a piece of floss and thread it between the teeth. Gently bring the floss up to the gum line and wiggle the floss up and down. This process should be repeated between all the teeth. Our professionals will show your teen how to floss properly during their dental cleanings.

Milestone Kids Dentistry Can Help With Teen’s Dental Health

Your teen’s dental health is at an important dental milestone from ages 15-18. With some guidance from us, your teen can learn to make healthy, conscious decisions about their dental health. 

If you want more advice about your teen’s dental health, Milestone Kids Dentistry is here to help. We are passionate about educating teens and parents about achieving a healthier smile. Schedule an appointment now!

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