smiling teen squareTeens are especially self-conscious about their smile. Having a healthy attractive smile builds a teenagers self-confidence and contributes to their having a positive self-image.

The teenage years are a time of transition that introduces your child to a number of adult behaviors that can be harmful to their teeth: Drinking energy drinks, smoking, recreational drug use, eating disorder such as bulimia, and eating large amounts of high sugar foods. By monitoring your child’s dental health, Dr. Bakken may be able to help your child avoid or address these issues.


By the age of 13 your child should have all of their permanent teeth. Dr. Bakken or your child’s orthodontist may recommend that your some of your child’s permanent teeth be removed to correct over crowding problems. Most children have their wisdom teeth remove as well as they may not have enough room in their jaw for these teeth to erupt on their own.


Continue to bring your child to see Dr. Bakken every six months, or possible more frequently, depending on your child’s dental needs. Dr. Bakken will professional clean your child’s teeth, address any emerging dental health problems, and monitor the progress of your child’s dental health.


Teens are capable of being fully responsible for their oral health, but do need occasional monitoring to make sure they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Continue to discourage the use of sugary or starchy foods and avoid the drinking soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and vitamin waters. These drinks are very damaging to your child’s teeth. Discourage your children from smoking or chewing tobacco products. Do not let your teenage get oral piercings as they create a number of health related problems.

If your teenager play sports or is on a sports team, they are at a greater risk for trauma to their mouth and your teeth.  If your children plays contact sports such as football, soccer, or basketball, it is important that they use a mouth guard to protect their teeth. If they ride bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, and skateboards make sure they wear their helmets.






Give your teenager a healthy, confident smile and schedule regular checkups every 6 months. Call (541) 289-1020 to schedule your appointment today.