How do dental services change as I get older?
Regular dental care is essential for children in order to lay a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. At Pensak Houghton Dentistry, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services for children.
We work with them to keep their smile healthy beginning with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) and continuing throughout their school-aged years. We provide regular cleanings and exams, as well as review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment, to ensure their teeth are properly cared for 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.
We will inform teens about the relationship between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teenagers at this age are concerned about their appearance 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 appliances.
Many adults develop early-stage gum disease, which can cause painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should continue to prioritize preventive care, which includes at-home care and regular visits to the dentist for hygiene cleanings.
Many people will require wisdom teeth removal during their adolescence. For specific issues like TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea, oral surgery, specialized care, appliances, or other treatments may be recommended.
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 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
Your teeth may start to become less sensitive to things like the discomfort of cavities or extremes in temperature. This is because as you age, the nerves in your teeth may shrink. On the other hand, 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 prone to other issues. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend the best treatments, such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery, to help address these issues.