Why is it important to see a family dentist?
Our family dentistry office is calming, fun, and child-friendly. Dental phobias are often rooted in childhood, so it is
essential that the child feel comfortable, safe, and trusting of the dentist from the outset.
Family dentists focus on several different forms of oral care:
Prevention – Tooth decay is the most prevalent childhood ailment. Fortunately, it is almost completely preventable.
Aside from providing advice and guidance relating to home care, the family dentist can apply sealants and fluoride
treatments to protect tooth enamel and minimize the risk of cavities.
Early detection – Examinations, X-rays, and computer modeling allow the dentist to predict future oral problems.
Examples include malocclusion (bad bite), attrition due to grinding (bruxism), and jaw irregularities. In some cases,
optimal outcomes are best achieved by starting treatment early.
Treatment – Family dentists offer a wide range of treatments. Aside from preventative treatments (fluoride and
sealant applications), the family dentist also performs pulp therapy and treats oral trauma. If primary teeth are lost too
soon, space maintainers may be provided to ensure the teeth do not become misaligned.
Education – Education is a major part of any dental practice. Not only can the family dentist help the child understand
the importance of daily oral care, but parents can also get advice on toothpaste selection, diet, thumb-sucking
cessation, and a wide range of related topics.
Updates – Family dentists are well informed about the latest advances in the dentistry field. For example, Xylitol (a
naturally occurring sugar substitute) has recently been shown to protect young teeth against cavities, tooth decay, and
harmful bacteria. Children who do not see the dentist regularly may miss out on both beneficial information and
information about new diagnostic procedures.
Parents should take children to see a family dentist for the following reasons:
• To ask questions about new or ongoing issues.
• To discover how to begin a “no tears” oral care program in the home.
• To find out how to implement oral injury prevention strategies in the home.
• To find out whether the child is at risk for developing cavities.
• To receive information about extinguishing unwanted oral habits (e.g., finger-sucking, etc.).
• To receive preventative treatments (fluorides and sealants).
• To receive reports about how the child’s teeth and jaws are growing and developing.
If you have questions or concerns about when to see a family dentist, please contact our office.