Every patient will require different types of dental services. Family dentistry caters to each member’s specific oral healthcare needs to treat the entire family. Whether our patient is a child, teenager, adult or senior, our family dentist will work to help maintain and improve everyone’s smile. 

Dental services will differ by age, however, as oral healthcare is not a one-size-fits-all line of work. This guide will provide details regarding the specifics of family dentistry in Collingwood at our clinic so that you know what every member of your family can expect.

Children’s Dentistry

Children require regular dental care and it is essential for their long-term oral (and overall) health. Regular dental visits will help create a solid foundation for you and your loved ones to prevent severe oral health complications in the future. At our Collingwood dental clinic, we provide a variety of dental services for kids, including regular cleanings, exams and cavity fillings.

A child’s first dental visit must be scheduled at around six months after their first tooth “erupts” (according to the Canadian Dental Association). Routine checkups must continue throughout their school-aged years, and working with a family dentist will help maintain their oral health in the long-term. The dentist and hygienist will also review proper preventive hygiene techniques during every appointment to ensure your child’s teeth receive the best possible care at home.

Restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended if a child has special needs or if they are at a higher risk than average of tooth decay.

Preventative Dental Care for Teens

As teenagers continue to grow and become more independent, their oral healthcare may fall to the wayside. Research has shown that only 64 percent of teens brush the recommended two times a day. 

A dentist will educate teens about the link between dental hygiene practices and the impact on the appearance and long-term health of their smiles.

Most teens will be concerned about their appearance and the positive perception of their peers—a clean, healthy smile can certainly contribute to this. Some individuals may require orthodontic care to achieve a straighter smile. Depending on their genetic makeup and unique oral healthcare needs, they may benefit from traditional metal braces, clear aligners (Invisalign®), or a retainer.

Adults: Preventative Care for Periodontal Health

Adulthood is when many patients develop early-stage gum disease, signified by pain and swollen gums. Preventive care must continue regularly; at-home care and routine dental visits are necessary. Professional cleanings are essential. Your Collingwood family dentist will also monitor any oral health issues they find concerning, addressing minor issues before they worsen in severity.

Common treatments and procedures include:

  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontic appliances
  • specialized care for TMJ or sleep apnea
  • Restorative services like bridges, crowns or fillings.

If intensive dental work is required, your dentist will discuss these options and make professional recommendations to help restore your smile.

Seniors: Geriatric Dentistry

Your mouth and teeth will change as you age. Your lifestyle or medications can increase your risk of developing dental health issues, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth replacements or dentures

The nerves in your teeth may shrink as you get older. As a result, your teeth may become more sensitive to pain from cavities or hot and cold temperatures. Seniors may also experience plaque buildup, and a dentist will examine your teeth and gums to address these concerns with the appropriate specialized treatment. Many seniors may require dental implants, restorative service, a gum graft or oral surgery—our team is qualified and here to help!

Family Dentistry in Collingwood

Do you want to know which dental care services are best for you and your family? Collingwood Family Dental can help and address your entire family’s oral health concerns. Reach out to our family dentistry practice today, and schedule an appointment for the entire family!

Call (705) 532-9930 or use our online booking tool to get started.