Dentist for Children and Teens

We have a perfect dentist for children and teens at Lincoln Family Dentistry

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If you are looking for a gentle, kind, and patient-centered children’s and teens dentist in Lincoln, NE area, you will enjoy meeting Dr. Kelly O’Hara. She is a wonderful, kind and caring dentist for children and teens; She has excellent chair side manners and positive ways to communicate, educate, and inspire children and teens about the importance of dental health.

Dr. Kelly O’ Hara used to be a school teacher and taught at Lincoln Public Schools for years before making a change to dentistry. This children’s and teens dentist makes caring for the overall health and well-being of your child or teen her top priority.

Dr. Kelly O’Hara, your family dentist for children and teens says:

“Children’s Dentistry is one of the most important fields in medical practice as dental caries in children is considered to be the #1 silent disease in children. The main cause of caries in children and teens is access to pop, excessive sugar intake, and the inability to properly brush and floss (underdeveloped dexterity).

The rise of dental caries, gingivitis, and Periodontal disease have dramatically increased in the last decade in America.

According to research, dental health is directly correlated with overall health. Our mouth is full of good and bad bacteria and its amounts are directly related to overall inflammation, leading to dental problems and other inflammatory related conditions.

It is important for children and teens to learn healthy dental habits to prevent dental problems and inflammation associated with them. I believe in teaching children and teens about healthy dental habits and overall health habits.”

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Why choose Dr. Kelly O’Hara as your family dentist for children and teens?

Dr. Kelly O’ Hara taught children for years at Lincoln Public Schools. Past teaching experience makes her an excellent candidate for working with children and teens. On occasion, she can refer your child on to a pediatric dentist should a child’s needs extend beyond the needs of a general dental office.

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Dr. Kelly O’ Hara, your children’s and teens dentist, has the ability to establish strong and positive relationships with children and teens. In fact, she can create a positive and fun experience for your child, so that they not only start wanting to go to the dentist but will make taking care of their teeth a habit.

This Lincoln, NE Children’s and teens dentist is a pro at establishing positive, long-lasting good oral care habits. Strong childhood oral health habits help ensure that children and teens will take good care of their teeth and gums throughout their entire life.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM)

Dr. Kelly O’Hara would like to take this time to teach teenagers about good dental habits that would contribute to a lifetime of healthy smiles and overall better health. In the last few years, the rates of the early Periodontal disease has dramatically increased in the USA. Dr. Kelly O’Hara wants to prevent teens from developing a Periodontal disease, which is an inflammatory condition that affects overall health.

Please let us know if you’d like our dental professionals to speak to your school during February. We would be happy to visit your school and bring an interactive presentation and handouts geared towards teens. Please contact our community educators if you’d like to arrange a school visit at 402-467-1000 or email at

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kids and Teen’s Dental Health

What causes bad breath in teenagers? Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist answers…

Bad breath can be related to poor oral hygiene, partially-erupted wisdom teeth with infected gums, decayed teeth, tonsillitis, allergies, dehydration and acid reflux issues. Teens can avoid bad breath by practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, seeing their dentist regularly as well as staying hydrated and controlling allergies or stomach problems. If your teen is suffering from persistent bad breath, call our Lincoln, NE children’s dentist and schedule a checkup.

How can I motivate my teenager to brush their teeth? Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist answers…

Parents are often frustrated by the lack of motivation their teen may have to practice good oral hygiene, especially while they are in orthodontic treatment. Parents can help promote good habits by encouraging their teens to practice good brushing and flossing at home as well as taking them to their Lincoln, NE children’s dentist regularly for hygiene appointments. During these appointments, our team will spend time gently educating your teen about the consequences of poor oral hygiene. Often using a picture and explaining the ultimate consequence of poor home care can help motivate teens to change their habits.

Are teenagers at risk of periodontal disease? Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist answers…

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, and is extremely common among older children and teenagers. Gingivitis most frequently occurs when there is an overgrowth of plaque bacteria along the gum-line. Some medications and medical conditions can induce gingivitis, but it is more often related to poor plaque control on the part of the patient. Periodontal disease is seen most often in adults who have experienced chronic inflammation in the gum tissue that has led to bone loss around the teeth as a result of specific bacteria and their body’s response to it. It is not common for teenagers to have periodontal disease with bone loss, but it can happen. If you suspect that your teen has periodontal disease or gingivitis, you should schedule an appointment with your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist to evaluate their condition.

At what age is it appropriate to remove wisdom teeth? Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist answers…

Generally, removing wisdom teeth is easier for the patient’s recovery if it is done before age 25. Every child develops at a different rate. Some younger teens may benefit from removing their wisdom teeth at age 15, while others may wait until they are 19. Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist will periodically take a panoramic x-ray to evaluate the development of your teen’s wisdom teeth. Generally, if your teen has started to experience symptoms including swollen, inflamed gum tissue behind their last molars or pressure discomfort, it may be time to talk to your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist about a referral to the oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal.

Can a teenager have a root canal? Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist answers…

Sometimes teens who play sports and sustain trauma to a tooth or who have had a large cavity in the nerve of the tooth may need to have a root canal to save a tooth. During early adolescence, it is often an excellent option to treat a tooth with a root canal to save it as long as possible. Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist can help explain treatment options if your teen needs root canal therapy.

When should my teen see an orthodontist? Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist answers…

Due to the unique growth patterns, every child’s case is different. There is no set age requirement for your child’s first visit to the orthodontist. In some cases, your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist may recommend an orthodontic consultation at age 7. In other cases, your child may be able to wait until they are 12-13. Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist evaluates your child’s bite and growth at each visit. If you have questions about an orthodontic referral for your child, you can schedule an appointment with your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist.

Can my teenager have a dental cleaning with braces on? Your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist answers…

Yes, your orthodontist will encourage your teen to receive regular cleanings during their orthodontic treatment with your Lincoln, NE children’s dentist. At their visit, they will be examined for cavities and gum disease. Teenagers who are undergoing orthodontic treatment may be given specific instructions to help care for their braces and teeth. It is critical to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.



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