Family and Kids Dental Care

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Family dental care

Family dentistry, like general dentistry, provides services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health. The terms family dentistry and general dentistry are often used interchangeably, though there is a slight difference between the two.

Family dentists typically care for a wide variety of patients, from young children to older adults. Family dentists are responsible for ensuring that plaque buildup around the teeth is kept to a minimum, that tooth decay is eliminated and cavities are filled, and that gums remain healthy.

Family Dentistry Services

The most common procedures involve:

Checkup: a minimum of two times each year to provide routine or deep cleanings to eliminate plaque buildup and prevent tooth decay.
 Fluoride treatments: to help coat the teeth, a procedure also important in the prevention of tooth decay.
Detection: of oral health problems long before the onset of symptoms.
Dental filling: If a cavity is detected during a checkup
Cosmetic dentistry procedures: like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers

Kids ( Pediatric ) Dental Care

These procedures involve

  • Regular Oral Health Examination
  • Caries Risk Assessment
  • Preventive Dental Care
    (Brushing, Diet/Nutritious Recommendation, Fluoride Treatments, pits and fissures Sealants)
  • Offer Habit Counseling
    (Thumb Sucking & Pacifier Use)
  • Offer Assessment and treatment for teeth straightening and improper bite in your child.
  • Repair tooth cavities and defects
  • Diagnose and treatment developmental difficulties
    (eg. Root Canal treatment for an adult teeth that have not fully formed)
  • Provide management of Gum diseases and conditions
    (eg. Ulcers, Tongue-Tie & Lip-Tie)
  • Care for Dental Injuries
    (eg. Fractured or knocked out teeth)

When and How Often to Visit Pediatric Dentists

The first dental visit should occur approximately six months after your child’s first tooth erupts and no later than age one. Children should visit their pediatric dentist every six months. Some pediatric dentists may recommend scheduling visits every three months in order to build up a comfort level or to treat developing concerns

What to Expect During the First Visit

At the initial visit, a pediatric dentist will present a caries risk assessment, information about early childhood caries, and current facts about finger and pacifier habits. After examining your child’s mouth and discussing any dental issues with you, the pediatric dentist may present information about:

  • A program of preventive home care, including information on brushing, diet and fluoride use
  • Information about preventing mouth and teeth injuries
  • Information on growth and development