In this post, our Calgary dentists provide some information on the ins and outs of family dentistry and how we help kids, teens, adults and seniors keep their smiles healthy.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Regular dental care is essential when it comes to helping children develop a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. At Tower Dental, we provide a broad range of dental services for children.
Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age or when the first tooth erupts) all through their school-aged years, we work with them to keep their smile healthy. We provide regular cleanings and exams, and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.
Children who are at a higher risk than average of tooth decay, or those that have special circumstances or dental care needs, may require restorative dental services or customized treatment plans.
As teens develop and grow more independent, they will have to start taking more responsibility for their own dental care. Preventive dental care will continue as they see the dentist every 9 months or so (more or less depending on individual needs).
As many teens are concerned about their appearance and having a healthy, white smile, we will educate them about the connection between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles.
If orthodontic care is needed, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for assessment and perhaps require treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer or other appliances.
Many people develop early-stage gum disease in adulthood, which can potentially result in painful, swollen gums and other oral health issues. Preventive dental care should continue to be a priority for adults, including at-home care and regular visits to the dentists for hygiene cleanings.
Many people will need their wisdom teeth removed in early adulthood. Sometimes, oral surgery, specialized care, appliances or other treatments will be recommended for specific issues such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.
If restorative services such as crowns, bridges or fillings are required, we are happy to offer these and address any questions and concerns you may have.
As you age, your mouth and teeth will naturally change, and you may also have new needs in terms of medications. This can increase your risk for developing dental health problems, including:
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
You may notice your teeth are getting less sensitive to things like pain from cavities or hot or cold temperatures. This is because the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you get older. Conversely, if gum tissue recedes this could cause your teeth to become more sensitive as root tissue is left exposed.
The buildup of plaque and wear on your tooth enamel can also leave you susceptible to other problems. A dentist can examine your smile and help address these by recommending appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy or oral surgery.