Teen Dentistry in Houston, TX

Oral Care for Teens

We Help You Encourage Healthy Hygiene Habits

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The teen years are often a time when your child’s oral hygiene may suffer due to increased independence and a diet high in sugar.

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Discussing oral health and hygiene with your teen will help them build better habits, and we offer tips and advice during every visit - schedule one today!

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Regular visits with Dr. Brock are essential for catching dental issues early and identifying potential orthodontic problems.

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At Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in informative, down-to-earth dentistry that will empower your teen to care for their smile.

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Why is Dental Care So Important for Teens?

During the teenage years, a child’s teeth will grow and shift, their mouths will develop, and they will continue to gain greater independence from their parents. By about the age of 12, your child will have most or all of their permanent teeth. This means that it is critical to take good care of their oral health in order to avoid cavities or gum disease.

In addition, the teen years may be a time when the need for orthodontic treatment becomes more obvious, and your teenager may start to feel self-conscious about crooked, misshapen, or gapped teeth. At Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Brock offers preventive, restorative, and orthodontic treatments you need to keep your teen’s smile healthy and carefree.

How Do I Help My Teen Develop Healthy Hygiene Habits?

Starting early is your best bet! If you’ve encouraged good oral hygiene in your child from a very young age, they are likely to simply maintain these habits as they grow older, even through their teenage years. It’s also important to set a good example. If you’re brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, your teen is likely to notice and follow suit.

If you’re having trouble making the importance of good oral hygiene clear to your teen, we recommend having an honest, direct discussion about their dental health. Treat them like an adult and explain why it’s important to care for their teeth. Teens care a lot about how they look, so it may help to emphasize that proper oral hygiene will prevent issues like bad breath, stains, cavities, and missing teeth.

What Are The Benefits Of Six-Month Dental Visits For Teens?

Regular six-month visits with Dr. Brock will ensure that any issues like tooth decay and gum disease are caught and addressed early. These routine visits will also provide us with a clear picture of your teen’s oral development. Seeing the dentist regularly ensures that your teen’s mouth stays healthy and that they get the treatment they need to maintain a strong smile as they grow into young adults.

Do you offer orthodontic screenings?

The teen years are a common time for treatment with braces or Invisalign. If you believe your child’s teeth are crooked and that they may need orthodontic correction, Dr. Brock can provide a consultation to determine if orthodonture may be needed. He will perform an orthodontic screening and help you explore your teen’s options for treatment, if necessary.

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