Here, our Whitehorse dentists explain the ins and outs of dentistry for the whole family and how we help to keep the smile of children, teenagers, adults and seniors healthy.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Regularly scheduled dental care is critical for children, setting a solid foundation for them to maintain lifelong oral health. Our dentists are able to provide a comprehensive range of services for children at Klondyke Dental Centre.
Beginning with your first visit (at around six months old) and all through their school years, we will work with your child to help keep their smile healthy. We will provide routine cleanings and exams as well as educate them on preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment.
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.
Since many teenagers are concerned about their appearance at this age - and having a health, white smile is part of that - we will educate them about the connection between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles.
If orthodontic care is required, teens will need ot be referred to an orthodontic for assistance and assessment and may require treatment with clear aligners, braces, a retainer, or other roral appliances.
In adulthood, many people will develop the early stages of gum disease, potentially resulting in painfully swollen gums and other oral health issues. Preventive care should continue to be at the top of mind for adults, including both at-home hygiene care and routine dental visits 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:
- Oral cancer
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
Your may notice that your teeth are becoming less sensitive to things like cavity pain or cold temperatures. This is because as you age, the nerves in your teeth shrink. If your gum tissue receds as you age, your teeth may actually become more sensitive as their root tissue is left exposed.
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.