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 St. Joseph Orléans.
We work with them to maintain a healthy smile beginning with their initial appointment (ideally at six months of age) and continuing through the school years. To ensure that their teeth receive the proper care at home, we offer regular cleanings and exams and go over proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment.
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.
Teenagers who require orthodontic treatment will be referred to an orthodontist for evaluation and may need braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or other appliances.
Adults frequently experience early-stage gum disease, which can lead to painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should continue to prioritize preventive care, which includes at-home care and routine trips to the dentist 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.
Your mouth and teeth will naturally deteriorate as you age, and you might develop new drug requirements. Your risk of developing issues with your dental health, such as:
- 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 accumulation and tooth enamel erosion can also make you more prone to other issues. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend the best treatments, such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery, to help address these issues.