The Stages of Family Dentistry

stock_stages_familyAGE 1-20

Setting the stage for lifelong oral health takes early preventative dental care and education.

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Make sure your child is seen by us by at least three years old.

Dentists are skilled in the early detection of various problems, including bulimia, and we can positively influence on your child’s oral health habits. That’s why regular checkups with your family dentist are so important.

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Look for a family dentist who can provide services like space retainers to help prevent the need for orthodontics.

Make sure your family dentist provides plastic sealants, which can help prevent decay along the hard-to-clean chewing surfaces of childrens’ teeth.

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Young people are concerned with their appearance and self-conscious, so a little cosmetic dentistry like teeth whitening can help make boost their confidence.

Order a custom mouth guard for your young athlete. Studies show that 60% of sports-related injuries to the teeth, lips and gums can be avoided by wearing an athletic mouth guard.

AGE 21-40

3Welcome to adulthood. During these years, it’s easy to skip regular checkups because of busy schedules and lack of oral health problems. But early intervention is the best way to avoid major issues in the future.

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Regular checkups allow us to find the early signs of gum disease, cracks, infections, cavities, and problems with existing dental work.

Oral cancer is becoming increasingly common, and is quite deadly. However, early detection makes for more successful treatment.

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If you have silver amalgam fillings from when you were younger, you may want to have them replaced with safer, more aesthetic white composite fillings.

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Appearance is becoming more important to personal and professional success. Consider teeth whitening or porcelain veneers for a smile makeover. Studies show that 92% of Americans believe in the importance of an attractive smile!

AGE 41-65

Proper dental care can make a big difference in this phase of life, so don’t neglect your smile!

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It’s estimated that up to 75% of adults over age 35 have some degree of gum disease. We can look for signs of gum disease during checkups and provide treatment so you can avoid tooth loss.

63% of “boomers” with a serious oral health problem are unaware of the connection. Don’t skip your regular checkups.

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You may have silver-mercury amalgam fillings that were put in place when you were younger. Because of your health and appearance, you might want to work with your dentist to start replacing them with our durable white-composite fillings.

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Aging can really take a toll on your smile’s appearance, but with teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, we can help you look younger and smile more.

AGE 65+

35You are never too old for a beautiful smile. Losing teeth during the golden years has nothing to do with aging, but more to do with gum disease. More than ever before, it’s possible for a golden years smile to be a beautiful one!

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As you age, your gums start to recede and leave your tooth roots open to decay and disease. Regular dental checkups, as always, are vital at this stage.

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Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, and they look, feel and function just like natural teeth. A recent study indicates that nearly 90% of dental implant patients who previously wore dentures say they like implants better.

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Cosmetic porcelain veneers and teeth whitening can help rejuvenate your smile. These procedures are generally affordable and uncomplicated. In addition, with modern-day dental techniques, there’s very little discomfort associated with keeping your own teeth and having a healthy, beautiful smile for life!

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