As you grow older, your body will transition through many different phases. This includes how your teeth and gums develop, shift, and erupt. Throughout these phases you will have to pay special attention to the dental issues you face to properly maintain your smile the best way possible. Each stage of your life may lead you to a new dental hygiene routine or at least different variations. Your Boulder dentist wants to walk through each common stage of life to make sure you and your loved ones are getting the most out of your dental routine.
Infants and Toddlers
You can’t choose your parents, but hopefully they began instilling great dental habits at an early age. When you’re a baby, your gums and primary teeth still need to be taken care of to ensure the correct development of your natural permanent teeth. Some ways a parent or guardian can help take care of their child’s teeth at an early age are by:
- Massaging their gums with a warm rag.
- Brushing their gums and first teeth after they’ve erupted.
- Flossing the minute their child has two teeth next to one another.
- Bringing their son or daughter to visit their dentist at least by the time they’re a year old.
- Practicing their dental routine alongside them every morning and night.
As children advance into school ages, not only does it become important to their self-confidence, but their health as well, to have straightened teeth in their correct positions. Children’s mouths are constantly changing from new teeth developing and erupting, to even possibly trauma that could affect how their teeth come in. Before having to google “dentist near me” to bring your teen to receive the orthodontic work their smile needs, consider getting Invisalign from Sage Dental Care. Invisalign can offer these benefits for your teen:
- A practically invisible straightening treatment that nobody can tell you’re wearing.
- The ability to be removed to enjoy your favorite foods and clean your teeth properly.
- Comfortably shift your teeth in a shorter amount of time than traditional orthodontics.
The biggest dental problem that adults are faced with is gum disease. Did you know that 1 out of every 2 American adults aged over 30 has periodontal disease (advanced gum disease)? Your gums will deteriorate from being healthy, firm, and pink to red, inflamed, swollen, and sensitive. Whenever you try to practice your dental routine, they will most likely bleed and allow food and dental bacteria to enter your bloodstream through the pockets that form along your gum line. These pockets dramatically increase your chances of losing your teeth, developing heart disease, developing diabetes, and even increase your chances of having a stroke. Our dentists at Sage Dental Care can help keep your gums healthy in these ways:
- Professional cleanings and dental exams of your teeth and gums.
- Deep, revitalizing scaling and root planing to reverse the health of your gums.
- Recommend more frequent in-depth cleanings when gum disease is present.
As you become older, the chances of you losing your teeth increase because of the wear and tear your smile has had to endure. Luckily, if you do experience tooth loss, Sage Dental Care has a variety of restorative options that can help restore your smile. To avoid tooth loss, you can head these tips from our dental professionals:
- Stay hydrated.
- Care for your dental prosthetics properly if you have them (we can help you).
- Maintain a healthy diet so that your smile receives the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay strong.
- Practice good oral hygiene at home and visit your dentist every 6 months.
Contact Sage Dental Care
When it comes to taking care of your teeth, it’s important to practice good dental health throughout your whole life. Contact our office so that we can help you—no matter what age you or your loved ones are—maintain healthy teeth and gums.