How do dental services change as I get older?
Preventive Care For Kids
Your children will need a solid foundation of good oral hygiene habits in order to continue those habits for life. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Avenue Dental Centre.
Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) 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.
If your children have special dental needs or have a higher risk of developing concerns then your dentist may ask to see them more frequently.
Orthodontic Treatment For Teens
Your child's dental needs will change as they grow and become a teen. Your dentists will create a dental treatment plan that works for the need of your teen including how often they should be seen.
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.
Restorative Services For Adults
Early-stage gum disease in adulthood can quickly turn into serious and painful dental conditions. As an adult, you should focus on ongoing preventive care as well as home hygiene to help keep your teeth and gums clear of bacteria and gingivitis.
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.
Evolving Dental Needs of Seniors
As we enter our senior years we will be met with new, changing needs. These changes to our bodies along with lifestyle changes including new medications can cause a number of potential concerns. 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 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.
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.