Today our dentists in Parksville discuss family dentistry and how our Wembley Dental Clinic team works to keep the smiles of kids, teens, adults, and seniors healthy.
How Dental Services Change as You Age
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 Wembley Dental Clinic.
Beginning with their first visit (preferably at six months of age) through to their school-aged years, we work with kids to help keep their smiles healthy. We offer regular exams and cleanings as well as review proper preventive hygiene techniques at every appointment to help make sure their teeth get the appropriate care 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 required, we might give you a referral to an orthodontist for assessment. Orthodontic treatments such as braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or other appliances might also be needed.
Adults can often develop early stages of gum disease if they don't practice proper oral hygiene, leading to oral problems such as painful swollen gums or other dental health issues. Adults have to maintain preventive oral hygiene techniques and keep them a high priority by brushing and flossing twice a day as well as attending regular dentist appointments for routine cleanings.
Often when people reach their early adulthood years they require wisdom teeth removal. Other procedures they may require include specialized care, oral surgery, dental appliances, or other treatments for conditions such as sleep apnea or TMJ Disorder.
When you get older, your teeth and mouth will start to change naturally, and you might also have new medication needs. These things alone can increase your risk for developing dental health issues, including:
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
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.
If you have a plaque buildup or there is wear on your tooth's enamel you could be susceptible to other issues or conditions. One of our dentists will be able to examine your mouth and help address any concerns by recommending a treatment option that best suits your condition such as dental implants, gum therapy, oral surgery, a gum graft, or other restorative services.