Pediatric Dentistry Age 13-18
Pediatric Dentistry for the Extraordinary… and Moody Teen
Your child might be changing fast, but their need for healthy, happy teeth is the same. In this gap between childhood and adulthood, teenagers are highly susceptible to pediatric dental health problems. Research suggests tooth decay in children is most common during adolescence – due to poor diet, lack of prioritizing oral hygiene, and a range of teen-specific social and environmental factors. Not only that, but the adolescent mouth is undergoing big shifts as it forms a permanent, “grown-up” shape. Our Pediatric Dentist is here to help your adolescent not only navigate the twists and turns of this stage, but emerge with their whitest and brightest smile, a smile that sets them up for success. We know their sense of self-esteem really matters. By supporting your child in putting their best face forward, we can build their confidence while educating, motivating, and holding them accountable for good hygiene and dental habits that last into adulthood.
Self-Esteem Sets the Stage for Success
Our team at Sunshine Smiles understands that adolescents are generally self-conscious and can be wary of the dentist and reluctant to engage during the exam. As such, we work hard to gain your child’s trust, respect their feelings, and inspire them to get involved in the process of caring for their oral health. Like we did in previous stages, we are trained at putting them at ease in the chair. Highlighting the positive effects of routine treatments, personal hygiene, and patient education we give them the power to be in control of how healthy and beautiful their smile can be.
Dr. Sung will routinely provide:
- Comprehensive dental exams
- 3D or digital X-rays
- Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases like diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, allergies, and ADD/ADHD
- Assess fluoride intake
- Age-appropriate nutrition recommendations
- Demonstrate age-appropriate teeth/gum cleaning
- Dental cleaning (prophylaxis) with a Registered Dental Hygienist every six months
- Protect molars with sealants
- Repair cavities or tooth defects with white fillings
- Habit counseling such as pencil chewing, using their teeth as tools, nail biting and the importance of mouthguards for sports kids and thrill seekers
- Management of gum and pediatric periodontal disease
- Free full Orthodontic Consultation with Dr. Ahmed Mansour, Orthodontist
- Counsel on how to deal with injuries that crack, loosen or knock out their teeth
- Consult with our team of experts on complex cases
Providing Correction, Repair and Treatment:
Dr. Sung, our Pediatric Dentist knows the ins and outs of helping kids smile through their routine exams and not so routine procedures when they need help.
- Repair of cavities with white fillings
- Treat and manage tooth decay
- Extractions only when necessary, for health and function
- Management of periodontal issues and gum disease
- Treatment of dental issues due to disease or medications
- Treatment due to trauma: falls, accidents that loosen, crack, or knock out teeth
- Can consult with our team of experts for your child on complex cases
We’ve treated thousands of kids under the best and not best dental health conditions. We deeply understand that when kids feel safe and confident at the dentist in uncomfortable moments, they can get the treatment they need. When adults feel safe and confident in uncomfortable moments at their child’s dentist, they can make good decisions for them.
Time for a Free Orthodontic Consultation
At ages 7+, it’s time to evaluate your child’s orthodontic development. Our Orthodontist, Dr. Mansour, offers a full exam, 3D X-rays and evaluation at no charge to assess your child’s jaw, bite, teeth alignment and what can be seen only by X-ray and an experienced specialist of Dr. Mansour’s caliber. He can predict, correct, and keep our team of eyes on your child’s growing and changing structure, function, and smile aesthetics. Click here to learn more about the benefits and options for your child. Schedule your child’s FREE Consult today.
Time for Wisdom Teeth Evaluation
Sunshine Smiles offers a full exam, 3D X-rays and evaluation at no charge to evaluate and address any issues coming from your child’s wisdom teeth that can only be seen on X-ray if they have not erupted yet. We can see if they are ready to erupt and may cause a problem, especially if your child has or is undergoing orthodontic treatment like braces or clear aligners. We will be able to see if the wisdom teeth are impacted before they cause pain and dysfunction. We can tell if wisdom teeth removal is recommended or if your child looks good to go and we will keep our eye on it. Schedule your child’s FREE Consult today.
Children with Special Needs
Dr. Sung, our Pediatric Dentist is experienced, prepared and welcomes children with special needs. Sunshine Smiles can adapt dental treatment for children with physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting conditions.
For children significantly affected by environment or stress, Dr. Sung uses specific techniques, knowledge, and care. We will provide accommodations that reduce sensory overload to meet your child where they’re at. We are happy to slow things down, have your child come in several times and build trust prior to receiving treatment. When they’re ready, we will begin dental care as we continue to build a heart-centered relationship with your child through their dental journey.
What if my child has a cavity and won’t let you treat them?
We know that some children are just too scared or developmentally “not ready”. If your child is experiencing a cavity that needs to be filled and is absolute with their refusal or unreadiness to be treated, we have an alternative. Dr. Sung utilizes silver diamide fluoride. This is a varnish that can be applied to teeth to combat a cavity and keep it from progressing until your child is emotionally mature enough or ready enough to undergo treatment. There is always a way to support your child’s dental journey. Experienced experts are the key!
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment:
Pediatric dental exams are essential to your child’s healthy development. Protect your child’s teeth as they step into their permanent smile: call us at 845-592-2292 to book your first visit with Dr. Sung, our Pediatric Dentist, and the Sunshine Smiles team.