Some people are asking, “Why should I see a family dentist? Isn’t a general dentist just the same?”
Family dentistry focuses on oral health at every stage of life. Children and adults have very distinct dental needs, and qualified family dentists offer comprehensive oral care from baby teeth to permanent teeth. While general dentistry and family dentistry both focus on oral hygiene and the health of the mouth, family dentists focus on the unique needs of a child’s developing mouth through adulthood.
Family dentistry is a unique branch of dentistry that wants to stay with patients for a lifetime. Despite the popularity in pediatric dentistry in the last 10 years, family dentistry is also on the rise. And for good reason. One of the most important considerations of dentists is how the mouth changes from visit to visit. A person who has seen the same family dentist for years is more likely to have any slight deviation from the norm caught early. From X-rays, to previous history, and the patient-doctor relationship, family dentists are generally very good at catching the smallest changes in a patient’s oral health. Years of working with the same patients allows for dentists to become extremely familiar with their oral makeup so that any red flags are more apparent.
Family dentists also completely understand all of the stages of how teeth change with age. A family dentist knows that as a child ages, the teeth change and develop through certain oral stages. With this understanding, a family dentist is able to give more comprehensive care to young patients as they grow into their teen and adult years. Family dentists can care for a person’s entire family to develop relationships that provide years of care.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
Family dentistry is very similar to family medicine, as both fields strive to provide overall health care to their patients from an early age throughout their lives. While family medicine focuses on the patient’s overall health, family dentistry focuses on the patient’s oral health. In both cases the family medicine doctor and the family dentistry doctor both practice preventive care, as well as perform specialized procedures.
The doctors associated with family dentistry practice preventative, general, restorative cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery. These specialized services include such things as dental exams, dental x-rays, teeth cleaning, education in preventative care, filling of cavities, fabrication and installation of crowns, root canals, periodontal treatment, fabrication of custom nightguards, teeth whitening, oral cancer screening, bite occlusion treatment, dental implants, bridges, wisdom teeth and impacted teeth removal and emergency dental treatment. In the event that the dentist feels that their patient needs to see a specialist, they have a number of excellent specialists to refer their patients to if necessary.
The family dentistry practice is staffed with dental professionals that are committed to making a visit to the dentist as enjoyable experience as possible and they are committed to their patient’s care and well being. They offer such services as Saturday appointments, family block times where the entire family can be seen in a single visit for routine preventative care. Also they offer a variety of services including sedation for patients with a fear of going to the dentist and are afraid of what they will feel, while they are receiving treatment. Some practices have partnered with financial companies, who can provide financing for the work that needs to be done and is not covered by insurance.
The family dentist is here to manage their patient’s overall oral health form cradle to grave!
Posted on behalf of Nukoa Family Dentistry
With many adults dreading their dentist appointments, it comes as no surprise that over half of children are afraid of going to the dentist. From stories they have overheard of cavities and needles, to pictures of an exam room with lights and machines, to just being shy – many children get anxious about their first (or first few) dental appointments.
There are things you can do at home to prepare your child for his/her upcoming dental appointment. The most important thing to remember, whether you are just talking about it or are role-playing what will happen, is to remain positive. Children sense when their parents and caregivers are trying to “pull one over” on them. Give it to them straight, but with a smile and positive words the entire time.
Start young. The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. It will become a natural experience for her or him. A child is also typically allowed to sit in a parents’ lap while s/he is young, which may help ease into the transition of lying back in the big dentist chair.
Make it playful. When you are discussing the upcoming dental appointment with your child, use phrases like “sugar bugs” and “Mr. Thirsty.” Instead of telling your child that s/he will have a cleaning, tell her that the dentist is going to look for sugar bugs to get off your teeth. And the apparatus that sucks the water out of your mouth – refer to it as “Mr. Thirsty” and see if that doesn’t earn a smile.
Role-play at home. All you need is a toothbrush and a popsicle stick. Count your child’s teeth and touch each one with the popsicle stick. You can even hold a mirror so that your child can see what you are doing. Then, brush your child’s teeth. By role-playing at home, you help your child get a sense of what to expect.
By taking the time to prepare your child for their first trip to your Alpharetta dentist, you can help take the anxiety away. The dentist is not someone to fear, and by encouraging your child to take good care of his teeth you are setting him up for a positive experience.
Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts
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