Today, our Amherstburg dentists share some insightful details about dentistry services and how they change during every stage of our patients' lives from kids and teens to adults and seniors to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
How Dental Services Change as We Get Older
It's important that children receive regular dental care, so a solid foundation can be set for their lifelong dental health. At Fort Malden Dentistry we offer a wide range of dental services that can meet the needs of children.
Beginning with their first visit (perferably at six months of age) and all throughout their school-aged years, our dentistry team will work to help them maintain their healthy smiles. We provide regular cleanings and exams and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.
We may also recommend customized treatment plans or restorative dental services for children that have a higher than average risk of tooth decay, or for those that have special requirements or circumstances.
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.
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 people develop early-stage gum disease when they reach their adult years, which could potentially cause painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should keep preventive care at the top of their minds, which includes at-home care and routine visits to the dentists for hygiene cleanings.
Many patients in early adulthood need to have their wisdom teeth removed. In some situations, appliances, oral surgery, specialized care, or other treatments will be recommended for specific conditions such as sleep apnea or TMJ disorder.
If restorative services such as crowns, bridges, or fillings are required, we may offer these and address any questions and concerns you might 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:
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Oral cancer
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.
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.