In this post, our Scarborough dentists explain the ins and outs of family dentistry and how we help kids, teens, adults and seniors keep their smiles healthy.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Regular dental care is essential for children, to help them set a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Markham Steeles Dental Centre.
We work with them to keep their smile healthy beginning with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) and continuing through their school-aged years. At each appointment, we perform regular cleanings and exams and review proper preventive hygiene techniques to ensure their teeth are properly cared for at home.
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.
We will educate them about the relationship between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile.
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.
Many adults develop early-stage gum disease, which can lead to painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should prioritize preventive care, which includes at-home care and regular visits to the dentist 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 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
You may notice that your teeth become less sensitive to things like cavity pain or hot or cold temperatures. This is due to the fact that the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you age. If your gum tissue recedes, your teeth may become more sensitive because root tissue is exposed.
The 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.