A family dentist is a dentist who sees patients of all ages, from children to adults. At Daniel Dentistry, our family dentists may also provide cosmetic dentistry services to help patients improve their smiles if they are embarrassed with the appearance of their teeth.
Families can visit their family dentist for regular checkups to ensure they have a healthy smile. During these appointments, the dentist will inspect the patient’s mouth for any signs and symptoms of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. If a problem is present, the family dentist may recommend a specific procedure to treat it. During regular visits, the family dentist will clean a patient’s teeth and remove any plaque buildup to prevent cavities and decay.
The Benefits of Family Dentistry
A family dentist can offer comprehensive oral care for your entire family, from young children to adults. If you bring your children in for regular cleanings and exams, your dentist can monitor their developing teeth to ensure they grow correctly and don’t cause issues later in life. Your dentist can also address concerns about your child’s oral health or development. Many parents prefer to take their children to the same dental practice they visit so they can establish a relationship with the dentist and the practice. This can help children feel more comfortable when their teeth are cleaned and examined during their next appointment. It would help if you also considered bringing your children in as soon as their first tooth appears. Your dentist can provide helpful at-home tips for caring for your baby’s teeth and gums and can help answer any questions you have about teething and how to care for your child’s baby teeth. This helps establish good oral hygiene habits right from the start and helps instill healthy oral health care practices for you and your child.
Common Family Dentistry Services
- General cleanings help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease by removing plaque from teeth and along the gum line. These appointments are typically recommended every six months, although patients with a history of gum disease might need them more often.
- Dental sealants are another preventative service that protects teeth from cavities by sealing them from harmful bacteria and food particles. Sealants are most often applied to back molars in children. They can also be used for adults who are prone to cavities.
- Fillings are used to restore areas of a tooth that a cavity or fracture has damaged. They are typically put in after a small hole is drilled into the affected tooth.
- Crowns are caps that can protect weak teeth or replace broken ones. They can also cover an implant to restore its function and appearance.
Visiting a family dentist maintains good dental health and prevents cavities and oral diseases from occurring. For the best dental treatment, visit Daniel Dentistry at 19 Inverness Center Pkwy Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 967-0760.