Kids, teens, adults and seniors all have different needs when it comes to keeping their smile healthy. Today, our dentist in Burnaby explains the ins and outs of how we serve these different groups.
How do dental services change as I get older?
For children, regular dental care is key to helping them build a solid foundation for oral health throughout their lives. We offer a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Marine Way Dental Centre.
Beginning with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) through their school-aged years, we work closely with them and educate them on keeping their smile healthy. We provide regular exams and cleanings and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.
For children with higher than average risk of tooth decay, or for those that have special needs or circumstances, we may recommend restorative dental services or customized treatment plans.
As teens develop and become more independent, their dental care will grow with them. We recommend they see the dentist every nine months or so as their preventive dental care continues.
Around this age, many teens grow more concerned about their appearance and having a healthy, white smile. This is a good time to review the connection between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles.
If orthodontic care is required, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for assessment and potentially require treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer or other appliances.
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. Referrals can be provided if necessary.
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:
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Oral cancer
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.