As they progress through different life stages, your family's dental needs will change. Today, our dentists in Port Moody 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 in your child's formative years, as it will help them set a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. We offer a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Westport Dental.
Ideally by the time they turn six months old, a baby will have their first dental appointment. We continue to work with them through their school-aged years to keep their smile healthy. We provide regular cleanings and exams, and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to make sure their teeth are receiving appropriate care at home.
For children who have a higher than average risk of tooth decay, or for those that have special needs or circumstances, we may recommend restorative dental services or customized treatment plans.
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 appliance.
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 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)
- 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.
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.