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No two denturists are the same. If you have been wearing dentures for a while, you know that no two sets of dentures are the same. Finding a quality, experienced denturist can seriously impact the comfort of your dentures. You do not have to deal with loose plates, gums that are rubbed raw, distorted speech, and the inability to eat your favorite foods. If you have any of these problems, there are a few things that you can try before replacing your dentures. Use what I have learned over my 15 years of wearing dentures to find a perfect fit and optimum comfort in your dentures.


finding comfort when wearing dentures

A Parent's Guide To Their Teenager's Teeth Whitening

Priscilla Hansen

Given today's image-conscious society, many teens are unhappy if their teeth are less than brilliantly white. However, the age of your child will impact the dental whitening options that are available, and it is best to be sure that the most appropriate treatments are being provided to your teenager. Therefore, it's a good idea to discuss the following information with your pediatric dentist if your teenager's smile is healthy but not as white as it could be. 

Understanding Why Dental Whitening Is Not Always Right For Younger Teens

It's important to note that professional or complex dental whitening services aren't something that is recommended for every teen by a certain age. Specifically, many of its benefits relate to the existing dental structure and the ability of the patient to safely manage the side effects or self-care it is associated with.

For instance, the use of an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste is often useful for teenagers. It is unlikely to be contraindicated in patients with healthy teeth, although you should still discuss its use with your child's dentist. In comparison, gels, trays, and rinses have all been known to result in sensitive teeth, with the issue extending to significant discomfort for some patients. Prior to around a child's 15th birthday, and sometimes later, teens are more prone to that issue, as discussed next.  

Planning For Dental Whitening . . . When It's Safe And Appropriate To Do So  

Since there isn't enough current information about whitening strips and the high amount of peroxide they use, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has recommended against their use for kids under 15 and some dentists recommend against their use before age 16. In addition, parents are often surprised to discover that although most kids have lost their baby teeth by the age of twelve or thirteen, the enamel on their adult teeth might not be fully mature for two years after that. 

If whitening or bleaching services are accessed by a patient with immature enamel, or if the enamel on one or two teeth is a bit behind the other teeth, you are likely to see mixed results. While those results can often be more effectively managed in the dental office, the decision to provide whitening services to younger teens is usually on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, you should with your child's dentist to determine the status of your child's enamel and to form an appropriate whitening plan, including age-specific recommendations.

In conclusion, a healthy smile is essential, but to today's teenager, a white smile can seem almost as important. As a result, there are numerous teeth whitening available and your teenager's age is one of the most common factors when determining an appropriate treatment plan. Therefore, you need to be aware of the above facts at your teenager's next dental visit.