Maintaining good oral health is a lifelong endeavor. Patients at every stage of life need unique and thoughtful dental care recommendations, spanning from children to seniors. By addressing specific needs across various age groups, we can provide valuable and tailored dental care for individuals and families seeking better oral health.
Pediatric Dentistry: Building a Foundation for Lifelong Oral Health
Children require special attention and care when it comes to their dental health. As people with little dental care experience compared to other age groups, children often rely on their parents for tips and guidance. To create a healthy, sustainable habits, children benefit from parents who:
- Start early: Begin cleaning your child's gums with a soft cloth or infant toothbrush even before their first tooth emerges.
- Introduce fluoride toothpaste: Once the first tooth appears, use a smear of fluoride toothpaste for children under 3 years old and a pea-sized amount for children aged 3-6.
- Establish healthy habits: Encourage regular brushing and flossing, limit sugary snacks and beverages, and schedule their first dental visit by their first birthday.
Orthodontics for Teenagers: Achieving Straight Smiles and Confidence
Teenage years often involve orthodontic treatments to correct misaligned teeth. At Evolution Dental, we provide comprehensive orthodontic care from consultations through providing treatment that foster better outcomes for oral wellness and function for adolescents including:
- Consultation with an orthodontist: Schedule an appointment to assess your teenager's orthodontic needs and discuss treatment options.
- Types of orthodontics: Explore various orthodontic options, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners like Invisalign.
- Emphasize oral hygiene: Reinforce the importance of proper oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, including regular brushing, flossing, and using interdental brushes or water flossers to clean around brackets and wires.
Oral Health During Pregnancy: Nurturing Dental Wellness for Expectant Mothers
Pregnancy brings hormonal changes that can impact oral health in a variety of ways. Expecting mothers should expect dedicated care that provides for their changing needs throughout their pregnancy:
- Pre-pregnancy dental visit: Schedule a dental check-up before or during pregnancy to address any existing dental issues.
- Inform your dentist: Communicate your pregnancy status to your dentist, as certain dental procedures may be postponed until after delivery.
- Embrace good oral hygiene: Practice regular brushing and flossing, maintain a balanced diet, and rinse with fluoridated mouthwash. If experiencing morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water or a fluoride mouth rinse after vomiting to minimize acid erosion.
Dental Concerns in Older Adults: Preserving Smiles Through the Golden Years
As we age, dental care becomes increasingly important. We provide comprehensive dental care that evolves with our patients into older adulthood, and facing challenges such as:
- Combating dry mouth: Stay hydrated, chew sugar-free gum, and discuss medications with your dentist, as certain medications may cause dry mouth.
- Denture care: If using dentures, clean them daily and visit the dentist regularly for adjustments and evaluations.
- Regular dental check-ups: Maintain routine dental visits to address any oral health concerns, such as gum disease or tooth decay, and ensure overall oral well-being.
Scheduling a Consultation
By addressing specific dental needs at different life stages, including pediatric dentistry, orthodontics for teenagers, oral health during pregnancy, and dental concerns in older adults, we strive to help individuals and families achieve and maintain optimal oral health throughout their lives.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our office via our website or by calling 403-407-5730.
*all procedures performed at our practice by a general dentist