Welcome to our post, where our dentists at Kitchener will walk you through the details of family dentistry. Discover how we contribute to maintaining healthy smiles for children, teenagers, adults, and seniors.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Regular dental care is important for kids in order to establish a strong foundation for their lifelong oral health. At Country Hills Dentistry, we offer a wide range of dental services specifically designed for children.
Starting from their first visit, which is ideally scheduled at six months of age, all the way through their school years, we work closely with children to maintain the health of their smiles. We provide regular cleanings and exams, and during each appointment, we teach them preventive hygiene techniques to ensure their teeth receive proper care at home.
We may recommend restorative dental services or create customized treatment plans for children with a higher risk of tooth decay or special circumstances or needs.
As teenagers become more independent, their dental care should also evolve. They should continue with regular preventive dental check-ups, scheduling appointments approximately every 9 months.
Considering the importance of appearance during the teenage years and the desire for a healthy and white smile, we will provide education on how dental hygiene practices directly impact the appearance of their smiles.
If orthodontic treatment is necessary, we will refer teenagers to an orthodontist who will evaluate their needs and potentially recommend braces, clear aligners, retainers, or other appliances.
Many people may develop gum disease during adulthood, leading to swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults need to prioritize preventive care by maintaining good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular dental visits for cleanings
In early adulthood, it is common for people to require the removal of their wisdom teeth. In certain cases, specialized care, oral surgery, appliances, or other treatments may be recommended to address specific issues like TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.
If you need restorative services such as crowns, bridges, or fillings, we are here to help. Feel free to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have, and we'll be glad to assist you.
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.
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.