How do dental services change as I get older?
Children must receive regular dental care in order to lay the groundwork for good oral health throughout their lives. At Southwest Dental Care, we offer a wide variety of dental services for kids.
We work with them to maintain a healthy smile from the time of their first appointment (ideally at six months of age) through the time they are in school. In order to ensure that their teeth are properly cared for at home, we perform routine cleanings and exams and go over proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment.
Restorative dental services or specialized treatment plans may be advised for kids who have special needs or who are at higher risk than average for tooth decay.
As teens develop and grow more independent, their dental care will need to grow with them. Preventive dental care will continue as they see the dentist every 9 months or so.
We will educate them about the relationship between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile.
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 appliance.
Many adults who have early-stage gum disease eventually experience painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should continue to prioritize preventive care, which includes self-care at home and routine dental checkups for hygiene cleanings.
Many people will require wisdom tooth removal in their early adult years. For certain conditions like TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea, doctors may sometimes advise oral surgery, specialized care, appliances, or other treatments.
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.
Your mouth and teeth will naturally change as you age, and you may also have new medication needs. This can increase your chances of developing dental health problems such as:
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
You might notice that your teeth are becoming less sensitive to things like the discomfort of cavities or extremes in temperature. This is due to the fact that as you age, the nerves in your teeth may shrink. In contrast, if your gums start to recede, exposed root tissue may make your teeth more sensitive.
Plaque accumulation and tooth enamel erosion can also make you more vulnerable to other issues. A dentist can examine your smile and suggest the proper treatments, such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery, to help address these.