Family Dentistry For Healthy Smiles at All Ages
July 15, 2021
Looking for a family dentistry practice in Olathe to manage your family’s dental health? Olathe Dental Care Center has a top-notch team of dentists and hygienists who work with patients of all ages. We are celebrating over sixty years of healthy smiles!
Many patients ask “How often should I visit the dentist?” The standard answer used to be that everyone should see the dentist about every six months. However, some patients may need to visit more or less often. There are several factors that go into determining how often someone should see a dentist. In 2013, the American Dental Association (ADA) issued guidance stating that “the frequency of [patients’] regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history.” Having a dentist who knows you as an individual makes a huge difference in oral health outcomes as well as impacting other factors such as the cost of care.
One study that the ADA used in adjusting their recommendation showed that factors such as smoking, diabetes and some genetic variations can impact how often dental care is needed in order to prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss. This means that while some patients may only need to see a dentist once or twice per year, high-risk patients may need more frequent visits. At Olathe Dental Care Center’s family dentistry practice, our dentists have years of experience in working with patients of all ages to determine the best methods for managing oral health.
“What about my kids?” is another question we hear often from patients. Some parents are surprised to learn that dental care should begin as soon as your baby has his or her first tooth, or no later than the first birthday. Even though baby teeth are temporary, keeping them healthy is vitally important! According to the ADA, baby teeth “hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded.” Taking care of your baby’s teeth right from the start is the best way to ensure oral health for decades to come.
“I have dentures, and they work fine for me. Do I still need to see the dentist for a checkup?” The short answer is, yes! People who have lost some or all of their natural teeth and have dentures or dental implants still need to have regular oral examinations. At our family dentistry practice, our team will ensure proper denture fit and condition as well as perform cancer screenings and other oral health checks during a regular check-up. We will also answer any questions you may have about keeping your dentures clean and in top condition, and let you know when your dentures may need replacing.
As you can see, your dentist is the real expert in helping determine what dental care regimen is right for you and your family. Olathe Dental Care Center has been providing family dentistry services for more than half a century. If you would like to schedule a checkup, have questions about insurance and payment plans or need more information about any aspect of dental care, contact us at 913.782.1420 or visit our website. We look forward to helping you and your family maintain bright and healthy smiles!