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

While each person in your family will need routine dental care, the services that they need will vary depending on age. In this post, our Grande Prairie dentists share some of the ways that dental care services will differ for each member of your family.

How will the dental services differ for each of your family members?

Kids Preventive Dental Care

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 Access Dental.

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 you have a child that has an increased risk of various dental conditions then your dentist may recommend visiting with them more often.

Orthodontic and Proactive Services For Teens

It will be important for your teen to continue with routine care as they begin to take more responsibility for their own health.

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 Dental Care For Adults

Gum disease can become an issue as you enter adulthood. This is because many adults do not ensure proper brushing and flossing along with routine professional dental care. 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.

You may also need other services such as crowns or bridges which you may have some questions about before committing to these restorative services. Feel free to ask us anything you would like to know.

Ongoing Protective Care For Seniors

You will note many changes as you begin to age. This can include changes to your teeth and dental health. Some of the most changes that occur include:

  • Dry mouth (caused by medications)
  • Need for tooth replacements or dentures
  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Oral cancer
  • Gum disease or periodontitis

As you enter your senior years you may notice that you either experience an increase or decrease in tooth sensitivity. An increase may be noted due to the precision of your gums as you age. On the opposite end of the thing you may notice a decrease in sensitivity caused by the shrinking of tooth nerves.

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.

Do you want to learn more about the services that your family needs to keep their teeth healthy? Contact our Grande Prairie dentists to request an appointment today.

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