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 Pure Dental.
We work with them to maintain a healthy smile from the time of their first visit, which is ideal to occur at six months of age, through their years in school. To ensure that their teeth receive the proper care at home, we conduct routine cleanings and exams and go over proper preventive hygiene techniques at every 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.
We will inform them about the link between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teenagers at this age care about their appearance and having a healthy, white smile.
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.
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.
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 might notice that things like tooth pain from cavities or extreme cold or heat are no longer as painful to your teeth. The reason for this is that as you age, the nerves in your teeth may shrink. In contrast, as exposed root tissue results from receding gum tissue, your teeth may become more sensitive.
The 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.