Visiting the dentist is something that should be a priority for everyone, irrespective of their age. However, when you have children, finding time to attend multiple appointments can be tricky at best. One of the best ways to get around this is to choose a family dentist. A family dentistry practice can take care of the teeth of your whole family at every stage of their development. They also understand the family dynamic and work with you to provide a service that is compassionate, flexible and ensures that every member of your family can enjoy great oral health and an attractive smile for the duration of their lifetime.
Family dentistry for children
When you are a parent, your children are your absolute priority. You want to feel reassured that their safety and wellbeing is in the safest of hands, including when they are in the dentist’s chairs. However, caring for children’s teeth is very different from adult dental care, both in physiology and in the way that they approach their pint-sized patient. Not all dentists have a great deal of experience in working with children, but a family dentist does. They know what makes children tick, what reassures them and how to answer questions that a kid poses honestly but without being frightening. A great family dentist is committed to making sure that children feel comfortable visiting their offices from day one and will take additional steps to help your kid feel calm and relaxed throughout their procedure. With the right care, your child might never experience any fear of the dentist – something which will help them maintain great teeth once they become responsible for their own oral health.
When you choose a family dentist, you will also benefit from a professional with experience in typical childhood dental issues that a regular dentist may not have. This includes retained baby teeth, problems with secondary tooth eruption and issues caused by pacifier or thumb sucking. An experienced family dentist understands these problems and just how to treat them, meaning that your kid’s oral health will get off to a fantastic start.
Why is family dentistry important for adults?
Many parents are guilty of putting their children’s health above their own, and while this is completely understandable, your dental wellbeing is just as important as your child’s. As such, an experienced family dentist will also be able to offer you and any other adults in your family the care that you need. This includes a comprehensive list of services such as restorative dentistry (cavity fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants and more), treatment for disorders such as sleep apnea and bruxism, and periodontal disease. Many also offer cosmetic dentistry treatments including teeth whitening and veneers.
Family dentists also understand how difficult it is to be charged with the task of managing family schedules, particularly when it comes to booking appointments. As such, most family dentists offer ‘family appointment blocks’ when all of your children and you can have your dental appointment at the same time. They also work with parents to issue reminders when dental visits are due.
Senior family members need dental care too
Our need for proper dental care doesn’t diminish because we have reached our senior years. If anything, older people are more likely to suffer from dental problems and will need to be monitored more closely than someone who is significantly younger. There can be a variety of challenges when dealing with older patients, but most family dentists have experience in managing these visits with the care, respect and dignity that they deserve. This can range from helping them to access their offices in the first place, to help keep them calm and comfortable throughout their appointment. In the event that they have a disability that requires additional support, they may recommend sedation or a general anesthetic so that necessary dental work can be carried out.
If you would like to learn more about family dentistry and the benefits that it can offer you and your loved ones, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable family dentistry team.