What Is Family Dentistry?

May 22, 2013

family dentistryWhen a dentist advertises family dentistry, what do you think he or she primarily means by that? Are there services that set family dentistry apart from general dentistry, or does it speak more to a dentist’s own approach to care?

In many cases, it’s the latter. The services offered under family dentistry are often the same as under general dentistry. They can include:

  • Dental checkups
  • Professional cleanings
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Nightguards for bruxism
  • Custom-made mouthguards

What sets family dentistry apart is a wider scope the scope is wider. Family dentists offer care to patients of all ages, including children. That means parents don’t have to divide their time between one office for themselves and another office for their kids. Instead, your entire family can get important care under the same roof. You can even lump appointments together, making it easy to include regular care in your schedule.

And speaking of regular care, just how often should you and your children see a local dentist? Roughly every six months. With that kind of regularity, your dentist has a chance to look for even very small changes to your teeth and gums. That’s important, because the earlier care can be provided, the more comfortable and less invasive it’ll be.

How long has it been since your family’s last regular dental visit? If it’s been more than six months, call your local dentist to schedule an appointment. It only takes one appointment to start enjoying better oral health.

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