Between school drop-offs, soccer practices, rehearsals, and driving to the office, the average family spends 17,600 minutes driving each year. Yikes! Between work and school, there are many commitments, but driving to medical appointments does account for some of that logged driving time. If you have children, consider family dentistry as a way to consolidate everyone’s dental care under one roof.
What is family dentistry?
Family dentistry refers to a dental practice that focuses on the whole family; they do not focus on just one age group. With family dentistry, dentists and their staff are knowledgeable and trained to treat dental conditions from babies to seniors.
Oral health is important to both pediatric patients and adult patients alike. However, the needs of each age group vary quite a bit. Family dentists understand this.
Pediatric dental care
Maybe you have a teething baby, or perhaps baby just sprouted his first tooth – yay! The American Dental Association recommends that a baby should start seeing the dentist within six months of that first tooth popping up, preferably before his first birthday. Routine dental appointments for babies and children are important because:
- Parents can learn how to care for baby teeth, including how and when to introduce fluoride toothpaste.
- Toddler’s teeth can be examined, cleaned, checked for any problem areas. Fluoride treatments help protect children’s teeth from future decay.
- Dentists can also address issues connected to thumb sucking.
- Cavities can be caught early before too much damage is done: If you are concerned about your child’s cavities, speak with your dentist. Sometimes the solution is as easy as avoiding sugar drinks, juices, and candy.
- Preventative treatments such as sealants can be performed.
- As children start to lose their baby teeth, dentists can monitor the growth of adult teeth.
- Dentists can refer younger patients to orthodontists if necessary.
The earlier children begin to see the dentist; the easier future appointments will be. Bringing children to routine dental appointments instills good oral hygiene habits that will benefit kids for years to come.
Adult dental care
While adults do not have to worry about losing baby teeth, adults do have their dental concerns. Some adult dental concerns fall under general dentistry, but a great deal does fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry.
Why are so many adult patients concerned with cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening, are needed as a result of the wear and tear on teeth as an individual age. Many adult beverages such as coffee or red wine can stain teeth; children typically do not have this problem as their drinks (water, milk) do not normally stain teeth.
Adult dental care includes:
- Routine exams and cleanings
- General dentistry including extractions, dentures, root canals, crowns, bridges, and TMJ therapy
- Cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, veneers, composite fillings, and crown lengthening
Creative Dental is here to help the entire family
Whether you have a baby with one tooth or a seven-year-old with missing front teeth, family dentistry can address the needs of your entire family. For family dental care services, contact Creative Dental today.