Dentistry for the Entire Family: How Dental Services Differ by Age

In this post, our Dartmouth dentists explain the ins and outs of family dentistry and how we help kids, teens, adults and seniors keep their smiles healthy.

How do dental services change as I get older?


For kids to build a strong foundation for oral health throughout their lives, regular dental care is crucial. At Evergreen Dental, we offer an extensive array of dental services for kids.

We work with them to maintain a healthy smile from the time of their first visit, which is ideal to occur at six months of age, through their years in school. To ensure that their teeth receive the proper care at home, we conduct routine cleanings and exams and go over proper preventive hygiene techniques at every appointment.

For children at a higher risk than average of tooth decay, or for those that have special circumstances or needs, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended.


As teens develop and grow more independent, their dental care will need to grow with them. Preventive dental care will continue as they see the dentist every 9 months or so.

We will educate them about the relationship between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles because many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile.

If orthodontic care is needed, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for assessment and perhaps require treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer or other appliance.


Many adults develop early stage gum disease, which can lead to painfully swollen gums and other oral health issues. Adults should prioritize preventive care, which includes at-home care and regular dental hygiene cleanings.

Many people will require wisdom teeth removal in their early adulthood. Oral surgery, specialized care, appliances, or other treatments may be recommended for specific issues such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.

If restorative services such as crowns, bridges or fillings are required, we are happy to offer these and address any questions and concerns you may have.


As you age, your mouth and teeth will naturally change, and you may also have new needs in terms of medications. This can increase your risk for developing dental health problems, including:

  • Dry mouth (caused by medications)
  • Need for tooth replacements or dentures
  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Oral cancer
  • Gum disease or periodontitis

Your teeth may become less sensitive to things like cavity pain or hot or cold temperatures. This is due to the fact that the nerves in your teeth can shrink with age. In contrast, if your gum tissue recedes, your teeth may become more sensitive because root tissue is exposed.

Plaque buildup and enamel wear can also make you vulnerable to other problems. A dentist can examine your smile and recommend appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, gum grafts, gum therapy, or oral surgery to address these issues.

Are you wondering which dental care services make the most sense for you and your family? Contact our Dartmouth dentists to book an appointment today.

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