Dental Care As Family Age Changes

Dental Care As Family Age ChangesThere are plenty of times when family dental care is all about habit and routine. We remind you to schedule dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. The time you spend every morning and evening on brushing and flossing is an investment in your healthy smile. But good dental hygiene is not just about routine. As your family changes, individual dental needs change. When your find the right family dentist in Virginia Beach, VA, you will continue to receive excellent dental care, through all the stages of life.

Expectant Moms and Oral Health

The changes that come with pregnancy are known to cause changes in dental needs for most women. Along with the excitement of adding to your family comes the need to be vigilant about good oral care. The American Dental Association has comprehensive notes on dental concerns during pregnancy.  A trusted family dentist and caring dental staff can keep their expert eyes alert for early signs of pregnancy gingivitis (early gum disease) and other issues.

Babies and Children

Most dentists suggest bringing your child for an exam at about age 1, or when teeth are visible (or beginning to show) in the gums. These appointments do not focus exclusively on cleaning the teeth, but allow your little one to become familiar with visiting the dentist. As teeth begin to fill out your child’s smile, there are treatments such as fluoride and dental sealants that can help protect young teeth.

Teenagers and Young Adults

As children mature, brushing habits become established, and concerns about dental hygiene may re-focus on “I love/hate my smile.” In 2018, a Pew Research study  showed YouTube (used by 85% of teens), Instagram (72%) and Snapchat (69%) are the top three social platforms among teens. As adults, we know that looks are not everything, but they matter a lot to teens and young adults. Your family dentist can perform orthodontic checkups, and recommend solutions for crooked teeth and awkward smiles. As young adults enter college and the workforce, they may want to check with a dentist about safe and effective teeth-whitening options.

Dental Needs for Older Patients

Even with the best care, it’s is unlikely all of your teeth will last your whole life. As we age, our dental challenges generally shift towards restorative procedures, such as crowns to support a weakened tooth. Older patients may want to discuss replacing teeth that have been lost or recommended for extraction.

Life Goes On, and Good Dental Care Keeps in Step

If you want a dentist and dental staff that will stick with your for a long time, a family dentist is often the ideal choice.  Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.