Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Helping Teens Make Time for Proper Dental Care

Teen Dental Issues

As a teenager, brushing and flossing can seem like a monumental chore, especially when it seems to steal moments away from a busy schedule of school, sports, friends, movies, music, video games, and other preferred teen activities. But, daily dental care habits can be the difference between a bright, white beautiful smile and a toothless grin, and no teen wants the latter. As a parent, you need to know how to guide your teen through these years of change and budding independence, including understanding the importance of proper dental care habits and routine visits to an affordable dentist.

Use these tips to help keep your teenager on the path to clean, healthy teeth and gums.

  • Emphasize proper daily dental care. When it comes to the basics, like brushing and flossing, teens may a skip their dental care routine on occasion, hoping to save time. Remind them of why it is important to brush twice daily and floss once day—it will protect their teeth and gums from decay and disease. Emphasize the impact brushing and flossing can have on their appearance. Appearance is a top priority for many teens.
  • Schedule routine visits to your family dentistry expert. Don’t let your teen skip routine visits to the dentist. Help your teenager make and keep dental appointments. Lifelong dental health is a team effort—keep visits to your family dentistry office a top priority for your teen.
  • Remind your teen about the importance of drinking water. Most public water supplies in the U.S. are fortified with fluoride. This can play a role in the development of strong teeth and help keep cavities at bay. Even if your teen drinks bottled water from time to time, drinking water, in general, is essential to oral health, as it helps flush bacteria and debris from the mouth.
  • Find out about mouth guards from your family dentistry expert. Teens who play sports could benefit from a mouth guard to protect their teeth from damage. Talk to an affordable dentist about the activities your teen is involved in and ask if a mouth guard would be right for your teen.

Good dental care habits are essential to your teen’s oral health, but you still need to watch for certain conditions that can significantly impact oral health:

Gum disease affects 60 percent of teens by the age of 15. Hormonal fluctuations during this period make teens more susceptible to inflammation and infection. Make your teen aware of the early signs of gum disease, such as bleeding while brushing and red, swollen gums.

Eating disorders are also common among teens and harm their total health as well as oral health. If your teenager has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, or a similar eating disorder, seek proper medical and psychological help, but also speak to your family dentistry professional to help protect their oral health, too.

Mouth piercings are common among teenagers; however, many family dentistry experts warn against this fad. Research has shown that pierced lips and tongues can cause cracked teeth, tissue injury, or lead to nerve damage in the mouth. If your teen is considering an oral piercing, warn them of the risks.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
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  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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