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Your Baby’s Baby Teeth

The personal habits you develop as a child are ones you keep for the rest of your life; so it’s important to guide your child to healthy dental routines while they are young!

Regular pediatric dental care is an essential part of developing those good habits. Your family or pediatric dentist can help your little ones learn how to take care of their teeth so that their smile lasts for many decades to come.

First Appointments

Even before the first teeth come in, you can help your infant get used to cleaning their mouths by wiping their gums with a soft cloth.

Once those tiny white teeth come in, you should begin using a fingertip toothbrush or soft bristled brush to clean.

Plan for the first dental appointment somewhere between twelve and eighteen months. These first few visits are intended to get your child used to the dentist’s office and allow us to screen for potential issues that can be otherwise avoided.

At your first appointment, we’ll clean those teeth, and if your little one will let us, we’ll even take a few photos. But don’t worry; if Junior is not ready to be cooperative, we won’t force the images or even the cleaning. He can sit in your lap the whole time, if that’s where he is most comfortable!

Keep The Baby Teeth As Long As Possible

The primary teeth are an important part of your child’s dental health. Not only do they allow him to chew food, but they act as a guide for the permanent teeth that will eventually grow to replace them. So it is very important to keep these first teeth healthy. Make sure you bring him back for appointments every six months to maintain a healthy, happy smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


Family Dentistry

While there has been a trend to take children to see pediatric dentists, many families are coming to realize that family dental practices work much better for them. Family dentists provides dental care for every member of a family. Parents and children can make appointments back to back for convenience, a relationship is developed between family members and the dentist, and continued care is experienced regularly.  

Family dental care practices offer comprehensive dental services to all family members. Family members receive dental cleanings and check ups, including dental X-rays, as well as other more specific treatment that varies by family member. Many parents are happy to have a family dental practice to go to because it makes dental appointments easier on them. Instead of driving around all over town from one dentist to another, all members of their family go to the same practice. This consistency also allows younger children to develop a comfort level with going to the dentist. They see Mom and Dad and older siblings going for regular dental visits, and they grow up understanding that is just what is normal.

Family dentistry allows every member of your family to feel welcomed and to receive a personalized dental care with focused attention. The relationship built between dentist and patient is essential to a family dental practice, and that the goal is to promote optimal oral health to all family members. Call your family dental practice to set up an appointment to begin a convenient and personalized relationship for your family members.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates



Family Dentistry

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

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



Family Block Appointments

In today’s world, children and adult alike are busy with so many activities including school, sports, dance classes, grocery shopping, commuting and of course work.  Life is so busy that most families use a calendar in the kitchen to track the activities in order to keep them straight.  Scheduling things such as routine dentist visits for parents and children alike can become extremely difficult and in many cases result in multiple trips to the dentist office to get everyone in the family seen.  Now families have the opportunity to schedule dental visits using family block appointments.

Family block appointments allow the entire patient’s family to be seen in one visit.  The family dental office dedicates a certain amount of time several times a week for the dental professionals, including the dental hygienist(s) and dentist(s) to see families.  Depending upon the size of the family and the size of the dentist’s office, this is accomplished in one of two ways.  In the first way, the members of the family are all seen at the same time by the dental staff, which allows the entire family to get in and out quickly.  If the family is too large or the dental practice is small, members of the family are seen in back to back appointments, which allows everyone to be seen on the same day and generally at the same time.

Family block appointments allow adults, as well as their children, to easily schedule routine dentist visits.  This eliminates needless individual trips to the dentist and frees up some space on your calendar for some other activity!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



Family Dentistry

A dentist that specializes in family dentistry is the dental professional who is the primary caregiver that addresses their patient’s dental and oral health needs.  They provide many services including oral checkups, teeth cleaning, the filling of cavities and the installation of dental crowns, bridges, veneers and implants.  In addition, they also perform tooth extractions, root canals and oral cancer screening, as well as many other services.

They provide these services to the entire family from small children to elderly patients.  In addition, they will refer the patient to a specialist in the event that specialized services, such as oral surgery are needed.  In many ways they are very similar to medical doctors that specialize in family medicine.

It is important to establish a long-term relationship with a dentist specializing in family dentistry in order for the dental professional to have a long-term picture of a patient’s dental and oral health.  This is the way that the dentist can determine trends in a patient’s dental and oral health.  In many cases the Dentist and their patient’s have had a doctor / patient relationship for many years, with some dentists now treating their long-term patient’s children!

Another benefit of having an established relationship with a family dentist is the ability to have access to emergency dental care quickly.  Often, family dentists will be able to accommodate their established patients quickly in the event of a dental emergency such as a broken tooth.  A family dentist is a key health professional that plays a large role in their patient’s overall health!

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli



Finding the Best Family Dentist

Busy families find it beneficial and convenient when everyone can receive care at the same practice. Many dentists restrict their age range, requiring children to attend a different dentist than the parents. When it comes to scheduling visits for everyone, it can be tedious to have to bring everyone to a different location. Finding a family dentist that can provide comprehensive care to everyone is beneficial for busy families that want the best care possible.

Everyone has different dental care needs throughout their life. From early development of baby teeth, eruption of permanent teeth, orthodontic concerns, cosmetic dentistry and tooth replacement options, your family dentist can provide individualized care for each patient. There’s no need to visit several different offices just to ensure everyone’s oral health. The best family dentist can schedule appointments based on your family’s needs and treat everyone in a manner and schedule that reflects the highest quality of care.

Comprehensive care begins with preventive therapy, oral hygiene counseling and a comprehensive assessment of dental, medical, nutritional and oral health backgrounds. Routine visits with your family dentist can prevent extensive dental needs later on, as small lesions or cavities can be intercepted while they are in the early stages. No matter what your dental health needs are, the best family dentist will provide attentive, individualized care that addresses your concerns.

If you or one of your loved ones has dental needs, or is simply behind on routine care, bring everyone to a family dentist who can provide the attentive, personalized dental care that you need. Maybe you have a toothache, your son needs his teeth cleaned and your daughter needs to be checked to see if she has braces; if so, visit a family dentist today!

Posted on behalf of Gilreath Dental Associates



Choosing the Right Dentist For You and Your Family

Choosing the right dentist takes a little bit of effort, but the results will be well worth it.  You may be inclined to choose the dentist closest to your home or work to minimize the travel time.  Convenience is important, but it’s not the only factor to consider.

You should first understand that not all dentists practice all types of dentistry.  Some dental practices are more comprehensive than others and some dental offices specialize in a particular type of dentistry such as oral surgery or orthodontics (braces).   You should start by looking for a general practice or family practice that can handle your routine dental care needs such as cleanings, fillings, check-ups and other general dental care.

Find out about the scope of the dentist’s practice.  Is it a single practitioner or a group of dentists practicing together?  If establishing a strong rapport with your dentist and his or her staff including the dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff is important to you, a sole practitioner or small dental practice may be a better choice.  You will receive more personalized treatment at a smaller practice.

The primary limitation for a smaller dental practice is that the practice may be limited to general dentistry and certain cosmetic procedures.  Each office is different so if you anticipate needing a certain type of dental procedure such as orthodontics or dental implants, check to see if the office offers that procedure.  If not, find out about their referral practice.

On the other hand, if you prefer a practice that offers a wider variety dental procedures, you may want to consider a larger practice with many dentists who specialize in different areas of dentistry.  This type of practice is more likely to offer extended hours and weekend appointments if these are important to you.

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