If your teens have stayed cavity-free, visiting the dentist may become less frequent at this age. If they are prone to cavities, though, we recommend seeing them on a six-month basis. We expect most teenagers to be brushing on their own and make their own decisions about diet and oral care. Dr. Fran, also a teen dentist, will help counsel them on healthy choices to not only stay cavity-free with their permanent teeth but also to maintain overall good oral health.
During the teen years, we generally recommend the use of electric toothbrushes. There is good evidence that an electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque and reducing gum disease (periodontal disease) than a manual toothbrush. Teens can still get the same effect with a manual toothbrush, but they need to work harder with the proper brushing technique.