Pediatric Dental Care for Teens 13-18 Years Old
12-18 years of age. By 12-13 years of age, all of your child’s baby teeth are usually gone, and all of the permanent (adult) teeth have arrived except for the third molars (wisdom teeth), which most often arrive by age 21.
Ages 12-18 Cavities are more common in the teen years than any other time of life, due to the increase in freedom, which often leads to poor diet choices and lack of oral hygiene practices. As self-awareness increases, children may also notice if they have crooked or discolored teeth.
Another bump-up time is teenage years and early adulthood,” she says. “Part of this has to do with the fact that teenagers may have gone for many years and never had a cavity. They don’t necessarily take care of their teeth because they don’t see the consequence of not.”