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

Your family will need dental care at each stage in life, but what exactly does that mean? In this post, our Winnipeg dentists share the different dental care services and how they change for each member of your family from kids to teens, to adults and seniors.

How will the dental services differ for each person in your family?

Kids Preventive Care

Your children will be in need of a good foundation for a lifetime of good dental health choices. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Downtown Dental Group.

We are here to provide the care that your kid needs from their very first visit at 6 months of age all the way through the rest of their life. We provide regular cleanings and exams and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.

For children at a higher risk than average of tooth decay, or for those that have special circumstances or needs, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended.

Orthodontic Care For Teens

You will likely notice that your child's dental care needs will change as they move into their teen years. It will be important that your teen continues to see the dentist on a regular basis to help prevent any serious issues from arising.

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 Treatments For Adults

Unfortunately, many adults do not perform adequate oral hygiene and cleaning which can lead to a variety of concerns like gum disease. Preventive care should continue to be top of mind for adults, including at-home care and regular visits to dentists for professional dental cleanings to clean away the debris, tartar and bacteria that you can't reach.

If you have wisdom teeth you very well may need to have them extracted as soon as they erupt. 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.

Proactive Senior Dental Care

As you move into your senior years you will begin to notice changes to your dental health along with the changes to the rest of your body. These can occur due to natural causes or through outside influences such as new medications. This can increase your risk of 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

As you age, the nerves within your teeth may also shrink which can actually cause a decrease in the sensitivity that you once felt. Conversely, if gum tissue recedes this could cause your teeth to become more sensitive as root tissue is left exposed.

A 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.

Would you like to learn more about the different dental services each member of your family may need? Contact our Winnipeg dentists to request an appointment today.

We can help you keep your teeth healthy! Contact us today to learn more.