Our Toronto dentists can help kids, teens, adults and seniors keep their smiles healthy. Learn more about dental services for people of all ages, including your family, in today's post.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Children need regular dental care to help build a solid foundation for their lifelong oral health. At Bay Elm Dental, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services for children.
Beginning with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) through their school-aged years, we teach them to keep their smile healthy. We also provide regular cleanings and exams, and review proper preventive hygiene during each appointment to make sure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.
For children who have a higher than average risk of tooth decay, for for those with special needs or circumstances, the dentist may recommend customized treatment plans or restorative dental services.
As teens develop and become more independent, their dental care will need to evolve with them. Preventive dental care will continue as they visit the dentist every 9 months or so.
Since many teens have concerns about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile becomes a focus, we will discuss the connection between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles.
If orthodontic care is required, we can refer teens to an orthodontist for assessment. They may need 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.