What are the dental services needed at each stage of life?
Early Dental Care for Children
If you start your kids off right with a regular oral health care routine then you allow them to build healthy habits that will have them caring for their teeth for life. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at South Pointe Dental.
Our dental team recommends that their first visit happens when they are around 6 months old but definitely by the time they are a year old. 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.
Proactive Care Including Orthodontics For Teens
As teens develop and grow more independent, their dental care will need to grow with them. Your teen should visit us for routine care and checkup 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 appliances.
Ongoing Routine & Restorative Care For Adults
Many adults experience the painful side effects of gum disease. While this is entirely preventable, it is still common. Preventive care should continue to be top of mind for adults, including at-home care and regular visits to dentists 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.
Evolving, Preventive Care For Senior Family Members
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
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 shrink as you get older. If your gums recede you can also experience sensitivity caused by the exposed roots.
Untreated concerns such as wearing enamel can lead to a number of other more serious dental concerns. 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.