Here, our Whitehorse dentists explain family dentistry and how we help people of all ages keep their smiles healthy from kids to teens, and adults to seniors.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Routine dental care is critical for children, to help them build a solid foundation for their lifelong oral health. We offer a wide range of dental services for kids at Klondyke Dental Centre.
Beginning with their very first appointment (preferably when they are six months of age) all through their school-aged years, we work with children to help them keep their smiles healthy. We are able to provide them with routine exams and cleanings, as well as show them proper preventive hygiene techniques at every appointment to help make sure their teeth get the appropriate level of care at home.
For kids that have a higher than average risk of tooth decay, or for children that have special needs or circumstances, we might suggest restorative dental services or customized treatment plans.
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.
Early-stage gum disease often develops for many people in early adulthood. This could potentially cause painful and swollen gums as well as other oral health issues. Adults should continue to keep preventive dental care at the top of their minds, including regular visits to the dentist for hygiene cleanings and at-home oral care routines.
Many young adults have to get their wisdom teeth removed. Sometimes, oral surgery, specialized care, appliances, or other treatments will be needed for specific conditions such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.
If restorative services are required such as crowns, bridges, or fillings, we should be able to provide you with these and answer any questions you might have.
As you enter your golden years, your mouth and teeth will begin to change naturally, and you might also have new medication requirements. This can put you at a higher risk for developing dental health problems, such as:
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- 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.
The wear and buildup of plaque on your tooth enamel could also make you more susceptible to other problems. Your dentist can examine your smile and help address these problems by recommending the appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery.