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

In this post, our Ottawa 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?


Regular dental care is essential for children, to help them set a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Rideau Dental Centre.

We work with them to maintain a healthy smile beginning with their initial appointment (ideally at six months of age) and continuing through the school years. To ensure that their teeth receive the proper care at home, we offer regular cleanings and exams and go over proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment.

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 inform them about the link between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teenagers at this age care about their appearance and having a healthy, white smile.

Teenagers who require orthodontic treatment will be referred to an orthodontist for evaluation and may need braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or other appliances.


Adults frequently experience early-stage gum disease, which can lead to painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Adults should continue to prioritize preventive care, which includes at-home care and frequent trips to the dentist for hygiene cleanings.

Many people will need their wisdom teeth removed in early adulthood. Sometimes, oral surgery, specialized care, appliances or other treatments will be recommended for specific issues such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.

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.


Your mouth and teeth will naturally deteriorate as you age, and you might develop new drug requirements. Your risk of developing issues with your dental health, such as:

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

Your teeth may start to become less sensitive to things like the discomfort of cavities or extremes in temperature. This is because as you age, the nerves in your teeth may shrink. On the other hand, if your gums start to recede, exposed root tissue may make your teeth more sensitive.

Plaque accumulation and tooth enamel erosion can also make you more prone to other issues. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend the best 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 Ottawa dentists to book an appointment today.

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