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

Keeping your family's teeth healthy is an important part of routine health care. Here, our Whitecourt dentists explain how you can help care for the teeth of the kids, teens, adults and seniors in your family and how their dental needs will change.

How will dental services vary for each member of my family?

Routine Oral Hygiene For Children

It is important to expose children to routine dental care at an early age to ensure lifelong healthy oral hygiene habits. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Valley Centre Dental Clinic.

Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) 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 has a higher risk of developing serious conditions then our dental team will focus on preventive care and an oral care plan.

Preventive Care & Orthodontics For Teens

While your teen changes and grows their dental care will need to change with him. Your teen should visit the dentist twice yearly for ongoing cleanings and routine care.

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 appliances.

Restorative Care For Adults

Many adults suffer from signs of gum disease such as swollen red gums and other painful symptoms that should be addressed right away. 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, 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.

Ongoing Preventive Dental Care For Seniors

The medications that you take as you age also have an effect on your teeth and oral health. Some of these medications 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 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.

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.

Would you like more information on the dental services that are best for each member of your family? Contact our Whitecourt dentists to book an appointment today.

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