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Dentistry for the Entire Family: How Dental Services Differ by Age

While your entire family needs routine dental care, the services required might differ based on age. In this post, our Ottawa dentists share how dental services may change as you age and what can be expected from dental care for the kids, teens, adults and seniors in your family.

What dental services will my family need at each stage of their life?

Kids Preventive Dental Care For a Good Start

Regular dental care is essential for children, to help them set a solid foundation for lifelong oral health.

Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) and all through their school-aged years, your dentist will work with them to keep their smile healthy. Your dentist will provide regular cleanings and exams and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.

If your child has any health or dental concerns which place them at a higher risk of certain dental issues it will be likely that it is recommended that they visit for routine care more frequently.

Planning Ahead With Orthodontics For Teens

Once your child gets a little older and enters their teenage years they will need the dental care they receive to change with their new concerns. Preventive dental care will continue as they see the dentist every 9 months or so.

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.

Restorative Dental Care For Adults to Repair

Many people develop early-stage gum disease in adulthood, potentially resulting in painfully swollen gums and other oral health issues. As an adult, you should continue with rigorous oral hygiene and professional care as these will help prevent serious issues from occurring.

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.

Ongoing Proactive Dental Services For Seniors

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 of 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

As you get older the nerves within your teeth will actually shrink which can lead to a decrease in sensitivity that would otherwise be felt from hot and 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.

If plaque develops on your gum line and teeth and is not treated quickly, it can lead to other more serious complications which can actually affect your overall health. 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.

Would you like to learn more about what dental care services are needed by your family? Contact our Ottawa dentists to request an appointment today.

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