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

Ongoing routine dental care is an important part of oral hygiene for the whole family. In this post, our Ottawa dentists discuss dentistry and how we help the kids, teens, adults and seniors in your family keep healthy smiles.

How Dental Care Services Differ For Each Family Member

Regular Dental Services Give Kids a Good Start

Routine dental health care services for children help to provide a good base for lifelong dental care. This can help children start an oral health care routine from the beginning.

Dentists usually recommend bringing your child in to have an examination by the time they are 6 months old 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 child is 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.

The Prevention of Dental Issues in 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.

Your teen may need orthodontic treatment using braces or clear aligners. If this is the case, our dental team in Ottawa may be able to help with these orthodontic concerns.

Keeping Up With Routine Care For Adults

Many people develop early-stage gum disease in adulthood, potentially resulting in painfully 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 dentists for hygiene cleanings.

Many people will need their wisdom teeth removed in early adulthood. Sometimes, oral surgery, specialized care, dental 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.

Helping Seniors With Advanced Dental Care

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

Over time teeth can become sensitive to pain and temperature. 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.

You can also develop more severe issues if you have a build-up of plaque. 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.

Are you or a member of your family in need of a dental examination or cleaning? Contact our Ottawa dentists to request an appointment.

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