Dental Care for Adolescents 

Dr. David Wilhite has over 30 years of experience providing quality dental care to adolescents. Adolescence is a critical time for dental health as young individuals navigate changes in their oral hygiene habits and dental development. At Wilhite Dental, we understand the unique challenges faced by adolescents and offer specialized care to promote healthy smiles. 

If you or a family member is facing dental concerns, book an appointment with us at the earliest

Here are some common dental care issues adolescents often encounter:

Tooth Decay and Cavities

Adolescents are prone to tooth decay and cavities due to factors such as poor dietary choices, inadequate oral hygiene, and the presence of orthodontic appliances like braces. Peer pressure and busy schedules may also contribute to inconsistent brushing and flossing habits. Regular dental check-ups, along with education on proper oral hygiene and dietary choices, are essential for preventing cavities during adolescence.

Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

Hormonal changes during adolescence can increase the risk of gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease characterized by red, swollen, and tender gums. Poor oral hygiene habits can exacerbate gingivitis, leading to more serious periodontal issues if left untreated. Our team provides education and preventive care to help adolescents maintain healthy gums and prevent the progression of gum disease.

Orthodontic Issues

Many adolescents undergo orthodontic treatment to correct issues such as crooked teeth, overcrowding, or misaligned bites. Braces, aligners, and other orthodontic appliances can make oral hygiene more challenging and increase the risk of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. Our orthodontic services include personalized treatment plans and guidance on maintaining optimal oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment.

Wisdom Teeth Concerns

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically begin to erupt during the late teenage years or early twenties. Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and increased risk of infection. Our team monitors the development of wisdom teeth and provides timely interventions, such as extractions, when necessary to prevent complications.

Dental Trauma

Adolescents are often active and engaged in sports and recreational activities, increasing the risk of dental trauma such as chipped, cracked, or knocked-out teeth. Prompt evaluation and treatment are crucial for preserving the affected teeth and preventing further damage. Our emergency dental services ensure adolescents receive timely care in the event of dental injuries.

Oral Piercings

Oral piercings, such as tongue, lip, or cheek piercings, are popular among adolescents but pose risks to oral health, including infection, damage to teeth and gums, and interference with speech and chewing function. Our team provides education on the potential risks associated with oral piercings and offers guidance on proper oral hygiene and care for individuals with piercings.

Diet and Nutrition 

Adolescents’ dietary choices can significantly impact their oral health, with frequent consumption of sugary snacks, carbonated beverages, and acidic foods contributing to tooth decay and erosion. Our team educates adolescents on the importance of a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods for optimal dental health.

Schedule Your Adolescent Dental Care Appointment Today

Dr. David Wilhite is a family dentist who has three decades of experience providing the right solutions to dental issues faced by adolescents. He has been nominated for the “Dentist of the Year” award by the Texas AGD multiple times and is the former President of the North Texas Dental Society. 

At Wilhite Dental, we are dedicated to supporting adolescents in maintaining healthy smiles for a lifetime. Whether your adolescent requires preventive care, orthodontic treatment, or emergency dental services, our experienced team is here to provide compassionate and comprehensive care. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and invest in your adolescent’s oral health and wellbeing.

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If you’re looking for the most skilled and dependable dentist in Texas, look no further than Dr. Wilhite. With unrivaled expertise, countless awards and accolades, and a deep commitment to his patients, there isn’t a challenge Dr. Wilhite can’t handle. Now that you know what to expect from your first visit with the dental offices of Dr. Wilhite in Plano, TX, it’s time to set up your appointment.