How Dental Services Differ by Age

Our Melfort dentists are her to tell you all about how dental care differs by age and what services may be best for each member of your family. 

How Dental Services Change As You Get Older

Services Tailored For Children

Regular dental care is essential for children, to help them set a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for kids at Melfort Dental Group.

Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) and all through their school-aged years, we work with them to keep their smile healthy. We provide regular cleanings and exams and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.

If your child is at a high risk of developing tooth decay, or for those who have special circumstances or needs, your dentist might recommend restorative care or they may develop a customized treatment plan.

Orthodontics & Other Dental Care For Teens

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 your teen needs orthodontic treatment, we will refer your teen to an orthodontist for assessment and they may need to start wearing braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or another appliance.

Adult Oral Hygiene Care

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 dentist 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.

Dental Care For Seniors

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:

  • Oral cancer
  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth (caused by medications)
  • Need for tooth replacements or dentures

You may notice your teeth are less sensitive than they used to be when it comes 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.

The 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.

If you would like to bring your family to our Melfort dentists for a checkup, contact us today at Melfort Dental Group.

New Patients Always Welcome

Looking for a dentist in Melfort? We're happily accepting new patients at our dental clinic! Contact us to get started today. 

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