General dentistry is important because it allows our staff the opportunity to help you maintain your natural heath. It also allows Dr. Schold and Dr. Smars the opportunity to proactively identify and fix evolving dental problems before they become more severe problems. When your family maintains their oral heath with regular cleanings and dental exams, you can have confidence that you will also be avoiding many of the types of dental problems that can become much more costly to treat if ignored.
Family Dentistry and the Importance of Treating Teeth as You Age
When it comes to keeping their teeth healthy, sadly, many of us don’t realize the extent that oral health care can help our teeth or even at what age it should be a concern. However, part of what makes family dentistry a thing, is that dentistry is important throughout the lifespan. Here are a few things to look out for as you or your child age:
- From 0 – 1 — Your child should be having visits and cleanings with their dentist within 6 months of their first tooth emerging, or before 1 year of age. Many parents don’t realize this and don’t find out until there’s a problem with cavities or tooth decay.
- From 1 – 5 — These are critical years in a person’s oral health, as they can set a person up with strong teeth and habits, or let a person slip into the large percentage of Americans who start to see tooth decay before the age of five. Regular teeth cleanings and checkups are critical, but should be all you need in these early stages if you stay on top of them.
- From 5 – 18 — These years are often relatively stable in terms of the direction of oral health. Those who are instilled with good habits and who didn’t fall victim to tooth rot or early childhood cavities are likely to continue to follow that trend, while other patients and their parents may have more work to do to make sure that new and young teeth are being provided for. The good news is that if you make the right changes, teeth and gums are very resilient to things like gingivitis and periodontitis at this point.
- From 18 – 30 — This can be an age where even people who are responsible for their oral health can start to slip, as you no longer have appointments set for you or possibly don’t have insurance. We encourage you to stay on top of adult children in addressing their oral care and if you are a young adult, to get dental insurance ASAP, to take advantage of specials and low-income financing, and to keep a good daily routine. If you do fall behind, periodontal cleanings and structural oral surgeries can still help you reclaim your oral health.
- From 30-55 — This is a stable time in many people’s lives for dental care. Once you’ve established a dentist and care providers, keeping up with regular visits and daily care should be enough to keep your teeth in stable condition. However, at this point, the ability to recover from tooth decay starts to fall off, which only makes it more important to stay on top of things.
- Age 55+ — At a certain point, your gums and teeth will start to weaken, even with the best oral care. Making sure you address structural and bacterial issues as soon as they arise is critical to keeping your natural teeth in for as long as possible. Whether that means bridges, tooth replacement, or veneers, we can help your teeth look better and feel stronger into late adulthood.
With every new stage in life, there comes a new set of challenges, but with the right dental care team beside you and your family, you can make every stage a little easier. The secret to good oral health in old age is simply to take care of it every step of the way and as quickly as possible when things like loose teeth, periodontitis, or cavities start to take hold. Our team can help you do that in the Minneapolis area!
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Contact our Minneapolis dental office today to learn how our expertise and spa-like atmosphere can help your entire family comfortably maintain their healthy smiles. While routine cleanings and preventive appointments are the most common aspects of family dentistry, our office is also uniquely equipped to handle complex dental problems and cosmetic adjustments when specific needs arise. At Bluff Creek Dental, keeping you in a smile you’re happy with, is our number one goal.
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