Caring for Your Whole Family from Age 2 to 102
At Artistic Dental, we emphasize family dentistry — that means we’re here to help you get the best dental care possible, from the first toddler appointment through that conversation about dentures. Our highly-trained dentists work closely with our experienced dental staff to bring you comprehensive family dentistry that you can count on. We are dedicated to taking care of your family’s oral health, beginning with cleanings that make your teeth sparkle to corrective procedures that restore your mouth’s overall health.
Early Preventative Care
It is often recommended that children have their first appointment by their first birthday. This is more for the parents than the child, as we check on the growth and development of those first teeth, make sure there are no early signs of decay, and provide guidance about nutrition and oral hygiene to keep their child’s teeth and gums healthy from the beginning.
It isn’t until about age 3 that regular visits and cleanings begin. To learn more, here is a preview to a baby book that patients can pick up at our office.
Preventative care will protect your baby’s smile now and in the future. Once children begin regular six-month exams and cleanings, we can apply sealants, which act like a plastic, protective coating to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The application of sealants is a quick and painless process and studies show that sealants can reduce tooth decay by as much as 100%. We continue sealants as new back teeth come in, until about age 13, when most kids have all of their adult molars.
From Childhood through Adulthood
Our main concern is plaque, gum disease, and tooth loss, which we address at regular dental visits. Removing the build-up of plaque that accumulates between dental visits is routine and generally painless, as long as you are brushing and flossing regularly. When a cavity does surface, filling it can be simple process — unlike the complex procedures required when cavities and tooth neglect turn into dental disease. Regular visits will save our patients unnecessary pain, expense, and time. Many don’t realize that most dental problems won’t have any symptoms until the problem reaches advanced stages, when they require more invasive treatment, as well as a bigger commitment of time and money. To help prevent this situation, we try to educate our patients and emphasize the importance of consistent care through each age and stage of life.
During the pre-teen and teenage years, we will discuss dietary habits and choices that can damage teeth. We will also evaluate the need for orthodontics and determine if wisdom teeth will need to be extracted down the road.
As we age, the benefits of keeping our teeth and gums healthy can have considerable impact on overall health. Adults and seniors may begin taking medications that can cause dry mouth or have other effects on the teeth and gums. Fillings and crowns may need replacing. You become more susceptible to gum and periodontal disease and may be at greater risk for oral cancer. As a result, check-ups at least twice a year are vital for older adults.