In this post, our Sault Ste. Marie dentists talk about the dental services that may be required throughout each stage of your life and why they may be necessary.
What are the different dental services that may be required throughout life?
Dental Care For Kids
It is crucial for children to receive ongoing routine dental care in order to set them up for a life with good oral health. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at The Dental Office.
Starting with their first visit which typically occurs when they are around the age of six months old and all through their school-aged years, we work with them to keep their smile healthy. We provide regular cleanings and exams, and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care 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.
Dental Care For Teens
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.
Dental Care For Adults
Many people develop early-stage gum disease in adulthood, potentially resulting in painfully swollen gums and other oral health issues. Preventive care should continue to be top of mind for adults, including at-home care and regular visits to the dentists 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.
Dental Care For Seniors
As you get older your dental needs will change drastically and there may be more forces affecting the overall health of your teeth including the use of various medications. Some of the issues that these changes can cause include:
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
One of the main changes that you may notice as you age is an increased sensitivity to hot or cold. 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.