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How Does Dental Care Differ at Each Life Stage?

How Does Dental Care Differ at Each Life Stage?

I help patients every day of all ages, and, most of the time, the care that each patient needs depends on their age. For instance, toddlers are not likely to need a high level of dental care, as their teeth are new and will be replaced when their milk teeth fall out.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about dentistry for all age groups and how Verve Dental takes a different approach to dentistry for each stage of life.

Oral Health At All Stages Of Life

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry usually involves caring for children’s milk teeth. Since milk teeth are inevitably replaced with adult teeth, any issues with milk teeth are of lower concern. There should not be many issues with your child’s milk teeth, however, it is important to instil practises of proper dental hygiene at this stage.

  • Dental examinations to ensure the teeth are in good health.
  • Sealants are often added to provide additional protection to a child’s teeth.
  • Fillings, crowns, extractions, and space maintainers may be administered if your child has tooth decay.
  • Your dentist will perform exams and X-rays to identify any misalignment.
  • Your dentist will check your child’s gums for any indicators of gum disease.

Dentistry For Teens

Since teenagers have adult teeth, it is essential to ensure they continue these optimal oral hygiene practices. Your teens will have to take good care of their natural teeth to ensure their teeth have a long life. During your teen years, your dentist may advise you to administer braces for overcrowding in the mouth, gaps in the teeth, or misaligned teeth. 

Dentistry In Later Life

Dentistry in later life is all about maintaining a healthy and attractive smile. Keeping the teeth white, healthy, and strong is of the utmost importance. Regular teeth cleanings and dental checkups can help adults manage their oral hygiene effectively, while preventative care methods help to ensure no need for fillings, implants, or crowns should the natural teeth decay. Since keeping your natural teeth is the ideal option, your Bentleigh East dentist will give you tips on the steps you can take to retain and improve your genuine smile.

How Our Teeth Change As We Age

As we age, our teeth age with us. Some of the changes that occur in our teeth as we age include:

  • Wear and tear: Our teeth are tough but still susceptible to wear over time. Eating, teeth grinding and chewing hard foods can wear our teeth down. Dentists can restore the sharpness of our teeth and restore ridges caused by damage or teeth grinding.
  • Plaque buildup and gum sensitivity: Plaque constantly forms in our mouths and can cause our gums to become swollen and sensitive. Our gums may also recede, and we may suffer from bad breath.
  • Dryness in the mouth: As we age, our mouths become drier. Without the presence of saliva to clean the mouth, bacteria and plaque can build up. This means that older people are more vulnerable to gingivitis.
  • Tooth sensitivity: When people age, the wear and tear on their teeth, along with the decay caused by plaque buildup, can cause the teeth to become more sensitive. Tooth sensitivity is treatable with toothpaste and dentistry procedures to strengthen and protect the enamel of your teeth.

Summary

We have covered everything you need to know about dentistry in the different stages of life. It is essential to understand that your natural teeth should be maintained and cared for with proper oral hygiene and regular checkups with your dentist every six months. If you stay up to date with your oral hygiene, you will encounter fewer oral health issues later. Contact our friendly team of dental experts at Verve Dental to book your next teeth cleaning or dental checkup!


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