Dedicated Dental Care for Your Whole Family
You want the best for your family’s smiles, but that often means having a different dentist for everyone in your family. With family dentistry, you can depend on a single dental office to take care of everyone you care about.
SmileHere Dentistry provides first-rate dental care to you and all your loved ones. Our talented team of dental professionals combines their experience and passion with innovative technology to provide the best possible care for our patients.
Want to know more about our services? Read on or contact our office today!
What is Family Dentistry?
Family dentistry provides age-appropriate care for every member of your family – young, old, and in between. Family dentists are experienced with the unique dental challenges we face at every stage of life, and provide the care needed to meet these challenges and preserve our dental health.
What are the Benefits of Seeing a Family Dentist?
There are several advantages to having one reliable dentist for the whole family. You can count on a family dentist to provide a variety of services and work with patients of all ages. Unlike a pediatric dentist, a family dentist can continue to care for a patient through childhood and adulthood. The long history ensures confidence and trust, and makes it easier to identify a change in health.
A dentist who cares for the entire family can also compare the health of the many family members. This can reveal genetic or environmental health concerns, allowing better treatment for everyone in the family.
Finally, a family dentist provides a greater opportunity to build trust. When one family member receives good care, you know you can expect that same level of care for all of your loved ones.
What Kind of Dental Care Does a Family Dentist Offer?
While each dental office is unique, our office is capable of providing a wide array of services. Our main services include:
- Thorough dental cleanings
- Regular exams (with digital x-rays)
- Pediatric dentistry
- Dental restorations
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Dental implants
- Gum disease treatment
- Braces (traditional and clear braces)
What are the Most Common Dental and Oral Health Issues My Family Might Experience?
Everyone’s oral health is unique, but it isn’t uncommon for families to face similar health issues, either due to genetics or environmental factors. These are the most common dental problems a family dentist might see:
Bad Breath: Also known as halitosis, this condition is uncomfortable, embarrassing, and most importantly, unhealthy. Various conditions can contribute to bad breath, including gum disease, dry mouth, bacteria on the tongue, and even some digestive disorders.
Tooth Decay: Cavities can occur to anyone at any age, and pose a serious risk to your teeth. If not treated, bacteria can follow the cavity to the tooth root, necessitating invasive treatment and possible tooth loss.
Gum Disease: The leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease is surprisingly easy to miss in its early stages. Inflammation, sensitivity to temperatures, and bleeding when brushing or flossing are all signs of early gum disease.
Oral Cancer: A form of cancer in the soft tissues of the mouth, oral cancer can be lethal if caught too late. Smoking, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption are among the greatest risk factors for oral cancer.
Mouth Sores: Sores in the mouth can come from various sources – everything from a viral infection to ill-fitting dentures and even biting your inner lip or cheek. Most sores heal on their own, but if a sore has persisted for more than a week or makes eating or speaking difficult, have the dentist take a look.
Tooth Erosion: Worn down dental enamel poses multiple health problems, especially if the cause is chronic. Erosion can result from consuming acidic foods and drinks, over-brushing or brushing too hard, and grinding teeth, especially at night. An uneven bite caused by misaligned teeth can also cause uneven wear to one set of teeth.
Tooth Sensitivity: Pain when consuming hot or cold food and drink, sugary foods, and from chewing pressure can seriously impact your oral health and lifestyle. Sensitivity can be caused by a cavity, a crack in the tooth, or gum disease. Overuse of bleaching products can also weaken the enamel, causing sensitivity that can be permanent.
If you or a loved one experience any of these problems or symptoms, be sure to let the dentist know. The sooner the dentist identifies a problem, the sooner we can help you toward better dental health.
When Should My Child See a Dentist?
Early dental care is vital to ensuring a lifetime of healthy smiles. We recommend that children see a dentist once their first tooth appears, ideally before their first birthday.
What Can I Expect During My Child’s First Visit?
At our dental office, we know that a child’s early dental experiences have a huge impact on how they feel about dentistry as adults. We make every effort to ensure that each child feels safe, respected, and cared for during their visits.
The first visit is all about allowing the child to get to know the dentist, and for the dentist to get to know your child. The dental team is careful to use age-appropriate language, and explain things in a way that makes dentistry both safe and fun.
If your child is older, we’ll teach them proper techniques for brushing and flossing. We don’t force exams or treatment, but instead, help your child feel comfortable and relaxed before we proceed with their dental care.
How Can I Prepare My Child for Dental Visits?
It’s important to make dental visits sound positive for your child. We understand that many parents have some level of dental anxiety, but be careful not to show this anxiety around your child. Children can pick up on their parents’ stress and fear, becoming stressed as well.
Instead, talk to the dentist about your concerns. We’ll work with you to provide a safe and relaxing visit for you and your child.
Be sure also to let the dentist know if you expect your child to be resistant to treatment. It’s perfectly common for younger children to exhibit reluctant, stubborn, or fearful behavior, and letting us know beforehand can help us to achieve a successful visit for your child.
Want to Help Your Child Have Healthy Teeth at Home? Here Are Our Top 7 Tips!
Dental care at home is just as important as visiting the dentist. These helpful tips can help your child to embrace dental care and make it a positive part of their life!
- Let your child pick their toothbrush.
- Pick a dental toothpaste with a fun flavor.
- Brush your teeth together.
- Make brushing fun with games or songs.
- Give them a practice toothbrush they can use on toys.
- Download a kid-friendly brushing app.
- Reward your child for milestones, like brushing well all week.
As you teach your child to brush, make sure they understand that thorough and gentle is the best way to brush. It will take time for them to be able to brush well, but a lifetime of smiles is well worth the effort!
What Kind of Dental Care Do Seniors Need?
It’s a common myth that tooth loss comes with aging. While seniors do have many age-related factors that make tooth loss possible, vigilant dental care can help you enjoy your teeth as long as possible.
Seniors need to pay careful attention to their gum health. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and the risk of gum disease rises significantly in later years. Gum disease may also raise the risk of heart problems and can impact those with diabetes.
Side effects from various medications, including dry mouth, are also common problems seen in the elderly. Older patients may also face difficulty with old restorations and prosthetics, especially dentures, as their features age and alter.
How Often Should Seniors See the Dentist?
Seniors should visit the dentist at least every six months. If the dentist is concerned about certain health conditions or risk factors, a shorter time frame may be recommended.
What Kind of Care Do You Offer Seniors?
Because seniors have more difficulty healing, it’s important to consider how each treatment will impact the patient in both the short-term and long-term. We carefully evaluate treatment options and make conservative recommendations to help our patients keep their natural smile as much as possible.
We rely on innovative technology to provide the best results for our patients. Our panoramic x-ray provides a clear picture of the entire mouth, making it easier for us to find and treat dental problems.
Our laser dental treatments are especially helpful for seniors as it makes procedures more comfortable, more precise, and eliminates more bacteria. Best of all, the laser minimizes the area of affected tissue, which greatly reduces post-treatment recovery time for patients.
Dental Care Your Family Can Depend On
At SmileHere Dentistry, we’re committed to providing quality care and attention to every patient, no matter their age or circumstance. As your partners in dental care, we’ll help you and your loved ones enjoy years of healthy, vibrant smiles.
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