Pre-Adolescents Dentistry

Dr. David Wilhite is a family dentist practicing in Plano, Texas with over 3 decades of experience providing dental solutions to pre-adolescents. 

Pre-adolescence, or ages 8 to 12, is a crucial time for dental health as children transition from primary to permanent teeth and establish lifelong oral hygiene habits. At Wilhite Dental, we understand the unique challenges faced by pre-adolescents and offer specialized care to promote healthy smiles. 

If your child is facing dental concerns, book an appointment with us at the earliest opportunity to prevent the issue from worsening over time. 

Here are some common dental issues to watch out for in your pre-adolescents. 

Tooth Decay and Cavities

Pre-adolescents are susceptible to tooth decay and cavities due to factors such as sugary snacks, inadequate oral hygiene, and difficulty reaching all areas while brushing. As primary teeth make way for permanent teeth, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits and visit the dentist regularly for preventive care and early intervention.

Orthodontic Evaluation

Around the age of 7, children should undergo an orthodontic evaluation to assess the alignment of their teeth and jaw development. Early detection of orthodontic issues such as crowding, misalignment, or bite problems allows for timely intervention to guide proper dental development and prevent more severe problems later on.

Dental Anxiety

Some pre-adolescents may experience dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, which can stem from past negative experiences, fear of the unknown, or sensory sensitivities. Our team is trained to provide a compassionate and gentle approach to dental care, helping pre-adolescents feel comfortable and at ease during their visits.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) to prevent cavities. Pre-adolescents are particularly vulnerable to cavities in these areas due to deep grooves and pits that can trap food particles and bacteria. Our team recommends dental sealants as a preventive measure to safeguard against tooth decay.

Nutrition and Oral Health

Pre-adolescents’ dietary choices can significantly impact their oral health, with frequent consumption of sugary snacks and beverages increasing the risk of tooth decay. Our team provides education on the importance of a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods for optimal dental health.

Athletic Mouthguards

Active pre-adolescents involved in sports or recreational activities should wear athletic mouthguards to protect their teeth from injury during contact sports or accidents. Custom-fitted mouthguards provide superior protection and comfort compared to over-the-counter options.

Schedule Your Pre-Adolescent Dental Care Appointment Today

At Wilhite Dental, we are committed to supporting pre-adolescents in maintaining healthy smiles as they grow and develop. Whether your child requires preventive care, orthodontic evaluation, or guidance on dental habits, our experienced team is here to provide compassionate and comprehensive care. 

Dr. David Wilhite spends over a 100 hours every year on continuing education so that he is always abreast of the latest developments in dental care and can provide the best treatment to his patients. His dedication to his practice is widely recognized and he has been nominated for the  “Dentist of the Year” administered by the Texas AGD. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and invest in your pre-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.