Our Bolton dentists explain the basics of family dentistry and how we help kids, teens, adults, and seniors keep their smiles healthy in this post.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Here are the main ways dental services change as you get older.
Regular dental care is critical for children to lay a strong foundation for lifelong oral health. At Dentistry in Bolton, we offer a range of dental services for children.
We work with them to keep their smile healthy beginning with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) and continuing through their school-aged years. At each appointment, we provide regular cleanings and exams, as well as a review of proper preventive hygiene techniques, to ensure that their teeth are properly cared for at home.
For children at a higher risk than average of tooth decay, or for those that have special circumstances or needs, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended.
As teens develop and grow more independent, their dental care will need to grow with them. Preventive dental care will continue as they see the dentist every 9 months or so.
We will educate them about the relationship between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teenagers are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile.
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 adults develop early-stage gum disease, which can lead to painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should prioritize preventive care, which includes at-home care and regular visits to the dentist for hygiene cleanings.
Many people will need their wisdom teeth extracted during their adolescence. For specific issues such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea, oral surgery, specialized care, appliances, or other treatments may be recommended.
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 that your teeth become less sensitive to things like cavity pain or hot or cold temperatures. This is because the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you age. In contrast, if your gum tissue recedes, your teeth may become more sensitive because root tissue is exposed.
Plaque buildup and tooth enamel wear can also make you vulnerable to other problems. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery to address these issues.