As you age, your body changes and so do your needs. The same is true of your mouth. At each stage of your life, you have different dental care needs, but you always have the same goal: great oral health! This is because your oral health is often an indication of your overall health.
The habits that you develop as a child can be the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle and a lifetime of great oral health! In our view, it is never too early to teach children the importance of good oral hygiene habits, including brushing properly and flossing every day.
Early consultation with a dentist can ensure the proper development of the mouth and jaw structures to prevent issues such as overcrowding and crooked teeth down the road. Children should have their first dental visit at approximately 3 years of age, when they are cognitively aware. It is a great opportunity for them to familiarize themselves to the dental environment and start their visits in a positive manner. Regular checkups thereafter will ensure that any potential issues can be addressed early on.
As children move into their teen years, regular care is still essential. Once they have their full set of teeth, it is time to see if orthodontics are required to correct crooked teeth, large gaps, overbites or other issues. Generally, the earlier the treatment, the easier it will be to correct the problem and this in turn will likely shorten treatment time as well.
As a young adult, you may have wisdom teeth that try to make room for themselves in your mouth. Dr. Peter can advise you about whether or not extraction is required as there may be healthier alternatives to their routine removal.
Visiting the dentist at least twice a year as an adult is essential to remove plaque build up, prevent and fix cavities and to make sure that your gums are healthy.
You may also want to take advantage of the variety of cosmetic treatments available to perfect your smile. From bridges, crowns and veneers to whitening, braces and implants, there are many different options available to create your brightest, best smile.
As you move into your senior years, your gums begin to lose their firmness and your teeth may start to fall out. This does not mean that your days of enjoying food, such as corn on the cob, are over! Regular appointments can help keep your teeth and gums healthy in the long term. You can also learn about how medications may be affecting your oral health and what you can do to lessen or eliminate their impact.
Tooth loss doesn’t have to be permanent. Dental implants are available that both look and feel like your natural teeth. You could also consider partial dentures that will help you chew, prevent your natural teeth from shifting and keep you smiling for years.
Having a family dentist like Dr. Peter means that you can travel through each stage of life and oral care needs with the same dedicated dental team. With each visit to our office, you are able to establish a stronger relationship and can learn how your lifestyle choices are affecting your oral health. Our team is here to help you achieve the smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
Great oral health will serve you and your overall health for a lifetime! Don’t wait to book your free consultation. Call us at (905)721-1616.