Dental caries (cavities) often increase in teens due to changes in dietary habits, lack of motivation for good oral hygiene habits, increased demands in school, work and social arenas. Young adults differ from children in their overall dental needs.
Many of our adolescent patients are undergoing orthodontic treatment and are instructed on preventing cavities that can easily develop around their braces. Wisdom teeth removal is a big concern for this age group. These topics, and more, are addressed with our teen patients and their parents. We have found that motivating teens to be knowledgeable about their own dental needs leads to the long-term health of the permanent teeth into adulthood.