When Should I Transition My Teen to a General Dentist?

when should my child transition from a pediatric to general dentist? St. Louis

Pediatric dentists have specialized training to treat infants, young children and teenagers. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, our office is designed for children. We use special dental tools created for smaller mouths. Dr. Buchheit is trained in children’s psychology. We know how to be patient with children with short attention spans. We help children of all ages feel safe and comfortable during dental visits.

When should my child transition from a pediatric dentist to a general dentist?

Some parents transition their son or daughter to a general dentist as soon as all their child’s permanent teeth come in. Other parents have their children see Dr. Buchheit until their late teens.

Some children hit their early teen years and want to go to an “adult” dentist. It’s smart to let your child guide the decision. It’s vital that they feel comfortable at the dentist’s. If your child starts feeling like they are too old to see a pediatric dentist, that’s okay.

We understand the oral health needs of your teenager

Remember that the team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is willing and able to address adolescent dental needs. We are happy to continue treating your teen through their adolescent years. In addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouthguards, and wisdom teeth removal.

What dental issues should I be watching for during adolescence?

Regardless of whether your teen continues to visit our practice for treatment, pay attention to their nutrition needs as they enter their teen years. As children become more independent, they start making more of their own food choices. If you visit any Florissant-area middle school or high school during lunch, you will notice that many Missouri teens drink soda and energy drinks. Many of those teens drank milk during elementary school. Make sure your teen gets enough calcium to keep their teeth strong. Understand that vaping and smoking takes a toll on physical and dental health.

Your dentist is an indispensable member of your healthcare team

Your dentist can help you understand how their diet and lifestyle impact their oral health. If your son or daughter struggles with an eating disorder, a dentist can address any related dental issues. If your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist can monitor their teeth closely during a time when it’s more difficult to keep teeth clean and free of tooth decay

We value our patient relationships and want to treat your son or daughter as long as they feel comfortable at our office. Regardless of when you transition your teen to a general dentist, make sure they continue to see a dentist at least twice a year. Continue to monitor their oral hygiene practices and set a good example. Watch out for destructive habits. Make sure they wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.

The team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS has been serving families in the St. Louis area since 1987. We value the relationships we have developed with our patients and their families. If you are looking for an experienced, caring pediatric dentist in the Florissant area, give us a call to schedule a consultation.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

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