Oral health is important for every member of your family. Because of this, it’s very important to find a great dentist for your children, as well as a great dentist for your spouse and you. A family dentist is able to provide excellent dental services for every member of your family—regardless of their age!
What Is Family Dentistry?
Family dentistry is the field of dentistry that involves the treatment of both adults and children. Family dentists are able to provide general dentistry services for every member of the family, and may also offer specialty services.
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Family Dentistry Services
Family dentists are able to provide a variety of general services for their patients. Some of these services include:
Cleanings are incredibly important for ensuring ongoing oral health. During a professional cleaning, a family dentist cleans their patients’ teeth with special instruments that remove plaque, tartar and debris. This helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay in people of any age.
Another extremely important service that family dentists provide is checkups. Checkups help dentists to diagnose any oral health issues that may be occurring. By vising the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning, patients are able to have any gum disease, tooth decay or other ailments diagnosed early on—before they have a chance to get worse. If it’s been a while since a patient has been to the dentist, a checkup will help greatly with diagnosing any ongoing issues that the patient may or may not have been aware of.
If a patient is experiencing gingivitis or periodontitis (the stages of gum disease), they will need to undergo a deep cleaning. This deep cleaning may mean the difference between a patient keeping or losing their teeth in cases of more severe periodontitis. Even if the gum disease isn’t at that stage yet, if a deep cleaning is not performed, the gum disease will continue to get worse until it becomes periodontitis. At that stage, irreparable damage to the patient’s oral health may occur.
Deep cleanings involve a dentist cleaning at and below the gums of a patient with a special instrument. This helps them to remove, plaque, tartar and debris—which in turn heals the gums. During a checkup, dentists will check their patients for signs of gum disease. This makes checkups essential to good overall oral health.
Cavities are a common occurrence, especially amongst children. Even though cavities are common, they still need to be treated quickly to avoid the tooth decay from becoming worse. Once a dentist has removed the tooth decay, they will place a dental filling. This dental filling may be made of different materials. If your child, your spouse or you need a filling, speak with your dentist about different options for materials.
Sometimes teeth become so damaged or decayed that they need to be extracted. If this is the case, a replacement may need to be considered. General family dentists can often pull a tooth, and may even be able to replace it. A general dentist may also be able to remove wisdom teeth. If they are unable to, they will likely be able to refer you to a dentist that is able to provide those services.
Some general dentists will perform additional services—some of which that fall under the category of “cosmetic dentistry.” Some of these services include:
- Dental Veneers
- Dental bonding
- Teeth Whitening
- Gum Contouring
While not all dentists perform these services, you should consider checking with your general dentist to see if they do if you need them performed.
Finding The Right Family Dentist
When looking for a new dentist, it is important to find the perfect dentist for your needs. This is especially so when it comes to a family dentist. You’ll want to make sure to find a dentist that is great not only with you, but with your children as well. In order to find an excellent family dentist, you’ll want to consider these resources:
Family and Friends
Often times, if you are at the age where you have children, you have family and friends that have children as well. Consider speaking with your family and friends about which dentists they use and why. You may be able to find the perfect family dentist through a referral that you can trust.
Your Insurance Company
When looking for any dentist, it’s important to check with your insurance company. You’ll want to find a dentist in-network so you don’t have to pay out of pocket. Luckily, many insurance providers offer a resource to find local dentists that take your insurance. Consider checking the website of your insurance provider to see if there is an option to search for local dentists. You also may consider calling your insurance provider on the phone. They will more than likely be happy to help you to find the right dentist.
With a quick online search for a family dentist, there’s a good chance that you’ll find quite a few high-quality family dentists in your area. From there you can look at their websites, check out any online reviews and contact them to see if they are available to take on new clients. You can then contact your insurance provider (if you have one) to see if your plan will work with the dentist you have chosen.
Set an Appointment with a Family Dentist
As soon as you find the right family dentist, make sure to set an appointment for the checkup and cleaning of each member of your family. With the right family dentist, your children will grow up with the same, amazing dentist well into their adult years.