Oral healthcare recommendations for each life stage

Regardless of your age, it is important that you take good care of your smile. However, there are certain stages in a patient’s life during which certain steps should be taken to ensure proper oral health and wellness. Below is a quick guide to the care needed during different times in one’s life as recommended by the McDowell Dental Group in Abington, PA: 

  • Pregnancy – women need to maintain their dental appointments as their oral health can be affected by the hormonal fluctuations that occur during this time. Women may be at a higher risk of periodontal disease due to hormone changes, and more susceptible to decay from morning sickness.
  • Babies and toddlers – the first tooth often erupts by the first birthday, and this is a great time to have a child visit the dentist to monitor the formation of their smile.
  • Young children – a lot changes in the mouth for school-aged children, including the loss of baby teeth and growth of permanent teeth. Changes must also be monitored to determine if a child will benefit from restorative procedures such as orthodontics in the future.
  • Adults – adults need to ensure they do not neglect their teeth and gums, as tooth decay and periodontal disease can be a serious problem that leaves lasting changes. Maintaining routine dental appointments and following dental hygiene instructions from Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell may dramatically reduce the risk of problems.
  • Seniors – aging doesn’t just affect your energy levels and cause fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It can also be a time when changes occur in the mouth that need to be addressed, such as tooth loss, periodontal disease, or even dry mouth that can put the smile at risk. Tooth loss should be addressed with replacements as soon as possible to keep the teeth functioning as they should and allowing patients to enjoy their favorite foods longer.

In need of age-specific dental care? 

Contact McDowell Dental Group of Abington, PA today to learn more about your options. Call (215) 885-0555 today to schedule an appointment at 1047 Old York Road with Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell.

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