Here, our dentists in Edmonton discuss family dentistry and how our dental team helps clients of all ages (kids, teens, adults, and seniors) maintain their oral health.
How dental services change as you get older
Routine dental care is important when establishing a foundation for children's oral health. At Apple Dental Care we can offer kids a range of comprehensive dental services.
We work with kids from their first appointment ( from ideally 6 months old) through to their school-aged years to help keep their smiles happy and healthy. Our team is able to provide them with routine cleanings, exams, and lessons on preventative hygiene techniques at every visit to make sure their teeth get proper dental care at home.
For children that have a higher than average risk of tooth decay, or for those that have special needs or circumstances, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans might be recommended.
As teens develop and become more independent, their dental care will need to grow as well. Preventive dental care will continue as they visit the dentist approximately every 9 months.
As many teens at this age can be worried about their appearance and having a healthy, whiter smile, we will educate them about the connection between oral hygiene practices and the appearance of their smile.
If they require orthodontic care, we may refer them to an orthodontist for an examination and they might require treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or other appliances.
People can often develop early-stage gum disease in their adult years, potentially causing painful swollen gums and other oral health issues. Preventive care should be at the top of adult's minds, 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.
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:
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
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.