In this post, our Burnaby dentists explain a few of the different general dentistry services that aim to meet the unique needs of kids, teens, adults and seniors.
How do the dental services I need change as I get older?
Regular dental care is essential for children, to help establish a solid foundation for great lifelong oral health. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Northgate Dental Centre.
Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) all through their school-aged years, we work with them to keep their smile healthy. At Northgate Dental Centre 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.
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.
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 appliance.
Many people develop early stage gum disease in adulthood, potentially resulting in painfully swollen gums and other oral health issues. At At Northgate Dental Centre we offer non-surgical gum therapy to help treat early-stage gum disease in adults. Preventive care should continue to be top of mind for adults, including at-home care and regular visits to the dentists for hygiene cleanings.
People often need to have 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 (often the result of 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 begin to shrink as you age. 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 issues. 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.