Everyone's dental needs differ depending on their age and medical history. Our Whitehorse dentists are here to explain the key differences between dental care for children, teens, adults, and seniors.
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 Dandelion Dental.
Starting with their very first visit (ideally at six months of age) all the way 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 education at each appointment to ensure they can administer proper hygiene 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.
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.
Many people begin to develop gum disease in adulthood, often resulting in painful, 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.
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)
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Tooth decay or cavities
Some people report less sensitivity to things like pain from cavities or cold or hot temperatures as they get older. This is because the nerves inside teeth often shrink as you age. Conversely, if gum tissue recedes this could cause your teeth to become more sensitive as root tissue starts to become 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.