There are frequently asked questions in dentist consultation according to the age of the person.
Medical advisor Clara Isabel Borrero Gutiérrez
General dentist, practitioner at Coomeva Private Healthcare
From the first consultation with the pediatric dentist and passing through several different odontological specialties such as Endodontics and Oral Rehabilitation there are many frequently asked questions that people pose to these oral health professionals. Following is the definition given by Dentist Clara Isabel Borrero Gutiérrez of the routines and how they vary according to the interests and needs that each stage of life brings.
As is logical, it is the parents who are responsible for the oral health of their children under the age of 2. “Currently,” the dentist explains “parents take the baby to dentist appointments at a very early age without waiting for the teeth to have changed. This stage presents between five to six years when the process of losing the teeth and renewal of the same occurs until the definitive teeth are in place.”
Their main question deals with the manner in which to clean the gums. And yet there are other fundamental topics such as, “Whether the child has good swallowing habits – the passing of food from the mouth to the internal digestive system – or if there is a correct development of the maxillary or jaw.
Over 5 years of age
For this stage, the main concern is about the change in teeth and there are worries when these new teeth that “erupt” are too large for a very small maxillary and this results in a bad positioning of the teeth. “At this age it is very normal for that to happen and that is why on occasions teeth look pressed, these concerns arise despite the fact that nature takes care of opening the space they need to locate.”
Adolescents and young adults
This is one stage in which aesthetics becomes one of the youngster’s priorities and so they consult for whitening, orthodontic treatments and dental veneers. At this stage it is probable that dental hygiene is neglected so that it is important that the specialist undertake a deep revision to detect caries and other such problems.
Until 40 years of age
When you reach this age, people resume the importance of their teeth showing common concerns over bruxism, about how to chew better and how to replace those teeth that they have lost. So here is where rehabilitation dentists come in and see to it to replace the teeth that have been lost, recovering their functions and also working for aesthetics.
From two to five years of age
The concern at this stage is with the possible presence of caries. “But may more importantly,” says Gutiérrez “ is knowing whether there is any problem with malocclusion (bad alignment of the teeth) causing difficulties with the bite.” It is not correct to wait for a child’s teeth to change color to consult. “There is huge lack of prevention at this stage and it is key because it is the one happening in the first dentition, that is, when the first teeth start to appear.”
Having routine check-ups allows for timely prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, lesions or dental disorders that affect the life of the patient.