Dentistry for the Entire Family: How Dental Services Differ by Age

In this post, our Halifax 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?

Kids

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 Spryfield Dentistry.

We work with them to keep their smile healthy beginning with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) and continuing throughout 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.

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 treatment is required, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for evaluation and may require braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or other appliances.

Adults

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 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.

Seniors

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 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.

Plaque buildup and tooth enamel wear can also make you vulnerable to other problems. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery to address these issues.

Are you wondering which dental care services make the most sense for you and your family? Contact our Halifax dentists to book an appointment today.

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