Will the dental services vary for each member of my family?
Children: Healthy Habits From the Start
The main goal when your children are young will be to establish a solid dental hygiene routine and habits when they are still young. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Progressive Dental.
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.
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.
Teens: Ongoing Hygiene & Orthodontic Care
As your teens begin to grow into adults, their oral health needs will grow and change 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 take the time to speak with them about how their oral hygiene habits have a direct and lasting effect on their teeth and 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.
Adults: Restorative Care to Help Reverse Wear & Tear
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 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.
Seniors: Preventive and Proactive Dental Care
As you age, your mouth and teeth will naturally change, along with changes that occur with medications that you begin to take as you get older. 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
As you age, the nerves in your teeth might shrink and this can cause your level of sensitivity to decrease. 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. At this stage, your dentist may recommend dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy or oral surgery.