Gentle Dental of Collingdale
14-20 MacDade Boulevard, Suite A, Collingdale, PA 19023

Keeping Your Teen’s Teeth Healthy

Teen Dental Issues

Parenting teenagers is always a challenge, even under the best of circumstances. The period of time in which teens begin to assert their independence can be a frustrating time for moms and dads, particularly when it comes to helping keep teens’ teeth and gums healthy. Fortunately, by following a few key pointers, maintaining good dental care habits during these years need not be as daunting a task as you might have imagined.

Perhaps the most important thing that you can do to help your teenagers keep their teeth and gums healthy is to gently, but consistently, remind them of the importance of flossing and brushing. Make sure they always have a good supply of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss so that there is never an excuse to skip their dental care sessions. Of course, teaching by example never hurts either.

Because excessive consumption of sodas and sugary foods is a leading cause of tooth decay, do your best to limit your teenager’s exposure to them. While it is unrealistic to expect that you will be able to keep tabs on everything they eat and drink throughout the day, limit the amount of these items you keep in the house and always encourage your teens to drink lots of water.

If you have a teenager who is active in sports of any kind, it is essential that their teeth be protected by either a custom-made or an over-the-counter mouthguard. Family dentistry experts are able to offer useful advice about precisely which type of mouthguard your teen needs, based on the particular sports they play.

There are few other things that parents of teenagers need to remain mindful of when it comes to following proper dental care protocols. If your teen has a lip or tongue piercing, make sure to check often for cracked teeth or other dental problems they can cause. Also remain on guard against the signs of emerging gum disease, particularly if your child wears braces and cannot brush as effectively as in the past. Hormonal changes occurring at this time can also increase gum sensitivity.

Finally, always be aware of potential signs of eating disorders in your teenagers. Bulimia and anorexia both have the ability to cause real harm to the teeth. Routine visits to a family dentistry professional can also help reveal tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral lesions that can be a direct result of these dangerous disorders.

Though they can certainly be stubborn, teenagers just need a bit of parental guidance, solid dental care habits, and regular appointments with an affordable dentist in Collingdale to keep their teeth and gums in great shape.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Collingdale, call Gentle Dental of Collingdale today at (484) 427-4663 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Collingdale. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Collingdale, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Collingdale.

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Staff was very friendly and took the time to explain services that were to be rendered. I felt very comfortable. My son had services on the same day as me and he saud said he really liked the place […]
Brenda C.
I have been going to this location for several years. I always have a good experience when I see the dental hygentist. She shows concern for her patients.
Xandra L.
Took very good care of my daughter and kept me informed on everything they had to do for her
Tajah B.
Everyone was so polite and respectful the Dr. was very fast in and out but also did his job.
Najah S.
Thank you Gentle Dental of Collingdale for stepping up for kids for Give Kids A Smile week! Thank you for helping make sure that all children can get good oral health care to stay healthy!!
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Had Dr. Au, super friendly and skilled. The staff were friendly and even laughed at my lame jokes. All in all just super stoked about the work I got done.
Bruce J.
Great staff. Shows care and understanding.
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I had a great experience at Gentle Dental. I did not have any insurance and Melissa offered me a 49.00 special. She was awesome very caring and helpful.
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I love the staff there!
Vanessa L.
This was my first visit to this office my experience today was on of professional service that exceeded any i’ve received in years passed
Margie W.
Love the family vibe
Aysia B.
Staff courteous and pleasant
Annmarie M.
Quick painless and fast
Melissa G.
Everyone is very nice the doctor is very gentle an amazing!
Kristin K.
The wait time was short and staff was very friendly.
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Very pleasant staff and doctors. Good treatment and service.
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Administrative staff & medical staff are all polite, professional, and thorough
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The personal experience from making the appointment and then going to the office with Superior Service all from the phone call to the visit to the dentist thank you for your HELP..
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  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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