Every one of your family members has his or her own particular concerns when it comes to their oral health. Your teenager for instance, is at an age when his physical appearance is important to him, he’s starting to care about how other people perceive him and he is especially eager to earn the acceptance of his peers.

A healthy smile makes a great first impression but it is also important to maintain that countenance. A daily home regimen of brushing and flossing is an essential part of a successful plan for good oral health maintenance. Regular professional care is another one. A pediatric dentist treats children up to and including the age of adolescence. She is totally aware of the issues particular to each age group. The teen years are rife with temptation. Today’s teens are exposed to a range of things that can have a detrimental effect on their oral health.

“Mouth jewelry” is a popular fad of the times. Unfortunately it can also be a dangerous one. Any piercing of the tongue or gums creates the chance for infection which can include swelling. It is possible for the tongue to swell to the extent that it can actually block the air passage.

The choice to use tobacco products is a no-brainer. Not only is smoking or chewing a serious health risk but it also causes bad breath, tooth stains and is a leading cause of gum disease.

Meet Dr. Kaelin of Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry on the “about us” website page or visit the office on Parker Square Drive.