In this post, our North York 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 5000 Yonge Dental.
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.
Teenagers who require orthodontic treatment will be referred to an orthodontist for evaluation and may need braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or other appliances.
Numerous adults experience early-stage gum disease, which can cause excruciatingly swollen gums and other issues with oral health. Preventive care, which includes at-home care and frequent trips to the dentist for hygiene cleanings, should be prioritized by adults.
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.
Your mouth and teeth will naturally deteriorate as you age, and you might develop new drug requirements. Your risk of developing issues with your dental health, such as:
- 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.
Plaque accumulation and tooth enamel erosion can also make you more prone to other issues. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend the best treatments, such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery, to help address these issues.