Family dental care from your Arden area dentist meets your needs through every stage of life
Your family dentist is the person who helps you keep your smile healthy and attractive. When you visit Asheville Smile Center, your dental team collaborates with you to monitor the health of teeth and gums, and we discuss the most appropriate ways to minimize the effects of oral bacteria, which threaten oral health as well as general health. Although it may seem every dental check-up is the same, your dentist understands that, in each stage of life, there are specific oral health needs that may develop.
We love providing family dental care
in the Arden
area, because it allows us to treat entire families as they go through life. We encourage parents to bring children to Asheville Smile Center when they are around three years old, but we are happy to welcome new patients at any age. The earlier professional dental care begins, the more familiar and comfortable your child will feel with the dentist.
During early childhood visits, dental care tends to consist of education and monitoring. We work with parents to teach children the proper ways in which to brush and floss teeth. Oral health is monitored for cavities and tooth development. Children who seem prone to cavities may be treated with fluoride or dental sealants, and may be advised on healthy snacks versus those that can harm teeth.
As children grow into teenagers, their needs change. While we still maintain a watchful eye for the formation of cavities, we also begin looking for third molar growth, which may begin as early as the age of fifteen, or as late as early twenties. Third molars, or wisdom teeth, often do not have enough room to erupt, and become stuck, or impacted, below the gums. Removal is optimal for continued comfort and the avoidance of infection.
As we age, the body constantly experiences biological changes. With the variations in our body chemistry come changes in the mouth, as well. Adults are monitored for gum health, as well as cavities. With twice a year dental visits, it is possible to catch dental problems early, and treat them in the most conservative ways.
Gum disease, especially, is a problem among American adults, with its prevalence increasing with age. Women are especially prone to gum disease due to fluctuations in hormones that occur continually throughout life. Older adults, due to the instance of dry mouth, may find they are more at risk for gum disease as well as cavities.
Your dentist at Asheville Smile Center understands how the changes in life bring about certain oral health needs. We can help you maintain your best smile. Contact us today for your dental check-up.