You can ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth by regularly visiting your dentist and taking the steps that are appropriate for the condition of your teeth and your stage of life. If you have children, you can start out the right way by teaching them great habits early on.
Babies get their first teeth a few months after birth. Over about the next three years, children will get 20 primary teeth. A child should visit the dentist once those first teeth come in.
Children and Teens
Children will then begin to lose the primary teeth, and their permanent teeth will come in. As this happens, children may need braces. This is a good time to put lifetime habits in place.
This age group is particularly prone to some bad habits that can lead to dental problems including smoking, overuse of alcohol and poor diets. Young adults should continue to visit the dentist regularly for cleaning. Young adults may also play more sports and thus be prone to injuries, but a dentist can provide a mouth guard for protection.
Periodontal disease can begin to be a problem for people in the 30s through their 50s. At this time, enamel on teeth may also begin to decay, and people may have problems with grinding teeth from stress.
Gum disease, root decay and tooth loss may be problems. Patients in this age group may need work such as bridges and crowns repaired or replaced.