Today, our dentists in Orangeville talk about the dental services kids, teens, adults, and seniors need to maintain healthy smiles, and how dentistry changes for each of these demographics.
How Dental Services Change as You Get Older
It's essential for children to receive dental care regularly in order for them to set a strong foundation for their lifelong oral health. At Orangeville Dental Centre we offer a wide range of services for kids and their developing smiles.
Beginning with their first dental appointment (preferably at six months old) all through their school-aged years, we work with them to keep their smile healthy. We offer routine cleanings and exams and at every visit, we go over proper preventive hygiene techniques to help make sure their teeth get the right level of care at home.
For children who are at a higher than average risk of tooth decay, or for those that have special needs or circumstances, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended.
As teens grow and become more independent, their dental care has to grow alongside them. Their preventive dental care will continue as they attend regular dental appointments approximately every 9 months.
As many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age 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.
Lots of adults get early-stage gum disease, which could potentially cause painful swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should keep preventive care at the top of their minds and this includes, regular dental care at home and visiting the dentist regularly 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)
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Oral cancer
You might notice that your teeth are becoming less sensitive to things like hot or cold temperatures or cavity pain. This is because as you get older the nerves in your teeth can shrink. On the other hand, if gum tissue recedes this can make your teeth more sensitive as root tissue becomes exposed.
A 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.