Visiting the dentist and caring for your teeth is important at every stage of life. We explore why you should pay careful attention to your dental health no matter what your age.
Introducing your child to the dentist early on will help them get used to the practice environment and this is generally what your child’s first few appointments are for – this may also reduce the likelihood of your child developing dental-related anxiety. After a couple of visits, we will look for any signs of decay and check your child’s bite and jaw to ensure there are no emerging orthodontic issues.
Your children are arguably as impressionable in their teenage years as they are in childhood, being heavily influenced by their schoolmates and the adults in their lives. Teaching your teenager the importance of consistent brushing and flossing will determine which way they go with their dental health into their adult years, so setting a good example is paramount – this involves keeping regular hygienist appointments, where they can be taught the importance of this from someone other than a parent.
The years between the age of 18-55 are an important preventative period for your teeth. Ensuring you are consistent with your brushing and flossing routine as an adult will minimise your risk of developing more severe dental and hygiene problems in your older years, through which you are more susceptible to health complications. A third of adults admit to only brushing their teeth once a day and it is thought that this is down to busy schedules and the fast-paced nature of our society – a rigid dental hygiene routine is central to healthy teeth and gums in the long term.
The wear and tear on your teeth as you grow older is inevitable and you will be more susceptible to losing teeth and developing gum disease. According to Past President of the American Association of Orthodontics, Lee W. Graber, as you age your teeth shift, making cleaning them more challenging. You may be eligible for orthodontic treatment, often incorrectly assumed to be solely for younger patients. As an older patient, you should attend an oral cancer screening once a year – speak to your dentist here at Keppel Dentistry for more detail surrounding this.
A hormonal increase in the body when pregnant means that pregnant women can be more susceptible to gum disease during this period. The gums can often become swollen and eventually bleed, caused by a build-up of plaque. Make sure you tell your dentist you are pregnant so that any problems can be monitored.
If you would like to arrange a hygienist appointment with us or you simply need some advice, please get in touch with us here in Sutton and we can arrange an appointment for you.