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Ages 3-18 Dental Needs

Little girl getting a dental checkupHere is a guide to dental needs for your family’s life stages:  

  • Babies: We recommend seeing your child at age one or when the first tooth comes in, whichever comes first. Baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth so they need to be checked before and when they come in.
  • Toddlers: Toddlerhood is the best time to teach children good dental habits such as brushing. It’s also the time they learn to be comfortable going to the dentist, so schedule regular appointments for them and encourage brushing at home.
  • School-Age Children: From ages 6-12, children lose baby teeth and gain adult teeth. Regular check-ups can ensure their teeth are coming in correctly or determine whether orthodontia or other specialized care may be needed.
  • Teens: Hormonal changes, sports, and activities all can have a bearing on proper and safe oral health. Teens should have cleanings and exams every six months, as this is a prime time for cavities. Teens will also need to see their specialists if they have braces or retainers.
  • Young Adults: As kids go off to college or move out of the house, encourage them to keep up with their dental hygiene. They especially need regular cleaning and exams, and they must continue at-home brushing and flossing.
  • Adults: As we grow older, staining from years of eating and drinking can become evident. Periodontal disease can creep up, and teeth may become loose or decayed. And, many adults want cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening or veneers.
  • Senior Citizens: Our teeth have served us well for years and may require some restorative work or dentures, bridges, and crowns. Bone loss and poor nutrition can also contribute to dental problems as we age. Continue regular check-ups and cleanings.
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