Here, our Peterborough dentists explain the ins and outs of dental services for your family and how we help kids, teens, adults and seniors maintain healthy smiles.
How do dental services change as I get older?
Children need regular dental care to help them set a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. We offer a comprehensive set of dental services for children at Peterborough Dental Clinic.
Beginning with their first visit (which will ideally occur by their first birthday) throughout their school-aged years, we work closely with kids to keep their smiles healthy, providing regular cleanings and exams. We also review proper preventive hygiene techniques during each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.
For children who may be at higher than average risk of tooth decay, or for those that have special needs or circumstances, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended by the dentist.
Teens are developing, growing more independent and gaining maturity, so their dental care will need to evolve with them. Preventive dental care will continue as they come in to see the dentist every 9 months or so.
Since many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a white, healthy smile, we'll educate them on the connection between dental hygiene practices and their smile's appearance.
If orthodontic care is required, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for assessment. They may require treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer or other appliance depending on their circumstances.
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.