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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



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



Types of Dental Practices

One of the major considerations when selecting a dentist is determining what type of practice works best for you.  While all dental practices provide basic, general dental care (dental cleanings, fillings, x-rays, extractions), different practices vary in terms of the scope of services offered. Also, in terms of affordability, different types of dental practices cater to different populations. There are five major types of dental practices.

Private Practice

Private dental practices are those which are run by a single, self-employed dentist or partner dentists. Many private dental practices are family practices meaning that the dentist provides continuing and comprehensive dental care for all members of the family. Private practices pride themselves in being small and thus providing a more personal touch; some private dentists even make house calls. Private dentists accept a range of insurance plans and people who see private practitioners are more likely to pay out-of-pocket. Private dentists are general dentists who provide a limited range of services, e.g. they typically won’t provide orthodontic care (braces).

Hospital-based practices

These dental practices are located in, and are a part of, a hospital system. They are clinics or centers that employ multiple dentists who may be licensed dentists or dental school residents-in-training. Some hospital dental centers are specialized centers, for example, focusing on pediatric dentistry alone. Hospital-based dental practices accept a range of insurance plans and tend to have special discount programs for low-income patients.

Group practices

Group practices refer to dental clinics operated by an association of dental practitioners. Both general dentists and specialists (periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons etc.) work together at one site providing a broader range of services than private practitioners. Group practices cater to insured patients and those who are able to pay out-of-pocket.

Community dental clinics

Community dental clinics are dental centers that serve a specific population or community. These dental clinics are often located in a community health center that provides general health services. Community dental clinics cater to low-income and uninsured patients. They are funded by the federal government and often have partnerships with hospitals, non-profit dental coverage programs, and other dental benefits providers. Community dental clinics typically provide only the standard range of general dental services.

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