Dentist For Teens


We’re Dentists For Teenagers That Promote Dazzling Smiles And A Lifetime Of Dental Health.

A dentist that understand tweens and teens entering a new phase of their lives, with increased independence and their own unique needs can be a helpful resource. Peers suddenly become much more important, as does balancing individual expression and fitting in. Helping teens maintain healthy smiles is so important for both their health and personal confidence.

What Can A Dentist For Teenagers Provide?

Your child’s teenage years come with their own unique challenges. Our team is trained in techniques suitable for dentistry for children and teens. We will focus on helping adolescents learn to care for their teeth, respecting their increased independence. This includes educating them on the importance of routine dental visits, teaching how to brush and floss, and practice good oral hygiene habits.

Preventative care is important for teens’ good oral health, as most now have a full mouth of adult teeth that will last them a lifetime. The dentist will evaluate your teen’s mouth for cavities at each visit and recommend treatment based on their needs. Treatment options include cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments to maintain healthy teeth and prevent dental problems.

Concerns Your Teen May Have

Teenagers are often concerned with the appearance of their teeth. Teeth whitening, bad breath, and tooth alignment are all common concerns that a dentist for teens can address. Proper dental hygiene can remedy many of these issues and plays a critical role at every visit. It’s important to bring up their concerns with the dentist so they do not seek online help or DIY approaches to teeth whitening or alignment.

If your teen grinds their teeth, the dentist may recommend fitting them for a mouth guard to protect their smile. Mouth guards may also be needed for contact sports or other activities where there is a high likelihood of impact to the mouth.

Piercings are trendy these days and a frank talk about the risks with your dentist might make your teen think twice about them. Other than the fact that tongue and lip piercings can harbor bacteria that can turn to infection, those little shiny objects also beat the heck out of the inside of your mouth. Piercings near the gumline wear away the gums and the enamel of the teeth nearby, and tongue piercings are often munched-on unwittingly, which can lead to chipped or broken teeth.

Does My Teen Need Braces?

At each visit, Dr. Laura or Dr. Susie will evaluate your tween or teen’s teeth for needed alignment adjustments. Getting orthodontic care is as easy as can be with our in-house treatment options. Dr. W. Vaughn Holland, our orthodontist, is available to provide a comprehensive evaluation for braces.

Teens and parents are busier than ever. Being able to complete cleanings and orthodontic check-ups in the same place make getting needed dental treatments easy and convenient. Because our highly trained team of dentists work so closely together, you can know that your teen’s smile is in the best of hands at every step of the way.

Does A Teens’ Dentist Have Tips For Making My Teen’s Smile Sparkle?

Developing good habits is more important than ever in the teenage years. Help set your teen up for a lifetime of healthy, radiant smiles with these tips.

  • Promote healthy snacking: Fresh fruits and vegetables are best for oral health. Try to minimize the amount of sugary and carbohydrate-dense snacks and drinks (ie. teas, sports drinks, carbonated water). Your dentist can provide some tasty ideas.
  • Brush and floss: Make sure your teen brushes and flosses at least twice per day, more if they are consuming a lot of sugary items that can sit on the teeth and lead to cavities.
  • Regular dental check-ups: Teach your child the importance of good preventative care by scheduling cleanings and routine visits when recommended by the office. This includes setting a good example by scheduling care for your own smile!
  • Practice good overall safety: Buckle up in the car. Wear mouth guards when playing sports. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco. All are good habits to promote to keep your teen (and their smile) healthy.

What Are Wisdom Teeth And Does My Teen Have Them?

The teenage years are when many patients’ third molars, or wisdom teeth, begin to develop. Some patients are able to allow their wisdom teeth to come down into their mouth naturally, while others need them to be removed due to lack of space or poor position. Every visit will include an evaluation of spacing with special attention paid to these molars.

Should I Discuss Serious Issues With A Dentist For Teens?

Our team of dentists can also help address more serious concerns that your teen may struggle with. Eating disorders and the use of tobacco products can be devastating on oral health. If left untreated, they may lead to gum disease, lip cheek lesions, or an increased risk of oral cancer. It is important to address these with your child’s dental team to keep them healthy and smiling.

Any Concerns, Big Or Small, That You Have About Your Teen’s Oral Health Can Be Addressed At Any Visit.

Have a child with special needs and you need a dentist?

Our team of pediatric dentists, hygienists, and specialists are committed to serving infants, children, and teens in our community. From the time that they are young children, our patients join a dental home they love. We work with families from St. Johns, Nocatee, Durbin Crossing, and surrounding cities. St. Johns Pediatric Dentistry provides care you can trust to keep your teen and their smile bright and healthy.

St.Johns County Loves Our Dental Office

We're Proud To Have The Best Pediatric Dentist Rating Possible

Rachel L.
Rachel L.
Dr. Laura has seen both of my girls since their first appointments. My oldest is 11, and she’s always seen Dr. Laura. She is amazing! She is kind, gentle, considerate and knowledgeable. We are thankful for her and all the staff. The office is run so smoothly. This is truly a wonderful place to take children for dentistry.
I CANNOT say enough good things about this place. We’ve been going almost 2 years now and it’s such a pleasant experience every time. Had a couple non-routine visits, chipped tooth today for example, and they do everything they can to help you, explain to you the situation, potential problems. But also assure you that things are probably fine, just keep an eye, etc. They don’t push procedures at all like regular dentists, they explain what can be done, and then explain when certain things aren’t necessary. They are not money hungry at all, excellent dentists, excellent hygienists/assistants. I will definitely keep bringing my kids here and keep recommending this place.
Jess R.
Jess R.
We love St. Johns Pediatric Dentistry! The lobby is adorable and the staff is amazing. Once you are in the back, the kids feel safe, comfortable and entertained while their exam is happening. Thank you for being awesome!
Patricia P.
Patricia P.
I'm coming here for years we love this little dentist office. Steph is amazing and kind. Almost as if they become family after so long. The dentist patient and caring and will work with your child and whatever their needs may be. Highly recommend. They have TVs in the back for the kids to watch and headphones to watch a movie while they're waiting.
Margarita R.
Margarita R.
Absolutely amazing office! My kids loved it! Every staff member were soo sweet and helpful but Shout out to Dennisse and Sara and Dr. Perry, who literally made my kids feel comfortable to the point where they can't wait to come back! I live northside of Jacksonville but they are worth the drive!
Zelia F.
Zelia F.
I absolutely love this place. My daughter, now 2 1/2 has been going since she was 1. The waiting room keeps the kids busy and engaged. I have never waited really for my appointment either. The dental chairs have movies with headphones for the kids to watch movies of their choice which keeps them for being scared and the dentists are amazing. And once the kids are done with their visit they get to choose a prize. We recently went and Dr. Susie convinced my toddler to give up her paci. She then kept it and called me the next week to see if the wean went well if she could discard of the paci. Talk about personal touch. My 6m is already scheduled for his 1 yr visit. Love this place!
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