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Dentistry for the Entire Family: How Dental Services Differ by Age

In this post, our Kelowna dentists explain the ins and outs of family dentistry and how we help kids, teens, adults and seniors keep their smiles healthy.

How do dental services change as I get older?


For kids to lay the groundwork for good oral health for the rest of their lives, regular dental care is crucial. In our Landmark Dental Centre dental clinic, we offer a wide range of dental services for kids.

We work with them to maintain a healthy smile beginning with their first appointment (ideally at six months of age) and continuing through the school years. Every time they visit, we review proper preventive hygiene techniques, perform routine cleanings and exams, and ensure that their teeth are properly cared for at home.

For children at a higher risk than average of tooth decay, or for those that have special circumstances or needs, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended.


As teens develop and grow more independent, their dental care will need to grow with them. Preventive dental care will continue as they see the dentist every 9 months or so.

We will educate them about the relationship between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teenagers are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile.

If orthodontic care is needed, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for assessment and perhaps require treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer or other appliance.


Many adults who have early-stage gum disease eventually experience painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should continue to prioritize preventive care, which includes self-care at home and routine dental checkups for hygiene cleanings.

Many people will require wisdom tooth removal in their early adult years. For certain conditions like TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea, doctors may sometimes advise oral surgery, specialized care, appliances, or other treatments.

If restorative services such as crowns, bridges or fillings are required, we are happy to offer these and address any questions and concerns you may have.


As you age, your mouth and teeth will naturally change, and you may also have new needs in terms of medications. This can increase your risk for developing dental health problems, including:

  • Dry mouth (caused by medications)
  • Need for tooth replacements or dentures
  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Oral cancer
  • Gum disease or periodontitis

You may notice that your teeth are becoming less sensitive to things like cavity pain or hot or cold temperatures. This is because the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you age. If your gum tissue recedes, your teeth may become more sensitive as root tissue is exposed.

Plaque buildup and tooth enamel wear can also make you vulnerable to other issues. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery to help address these issues.

Are you wondering which dental care services make the most sense for you and your family? Contact our Kelowna dentists to book an appointment today.

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