Good dental health is crucial for people of all ages, especially young patients. It's imperative that you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist who is able to meet the needs of your age group or your family member's age group. Rather than visiting different specialists for each age group, you can instead visit a family dentist who will be able to meet the needs of all of your family members.
What is family dental care?
Simply stated, family dental care means dentistry that meets the needs of various family members. A family dentist can help young children as well as senior citizens achieve great dental health.
Why is family dentistry so important?
A family dentistry practice is much more convenient than going to different dental care practices that cater to the needs of various age groups. This means your household's dental care needs can be addressed in one place, and the team at that practice can build a rapport with you and your entire family.
This is particularly important when it comes to the dental health and wellness of your children. Our practice offers a caring, friendly, welcoming environment for young patients. This helps young patients understand that dentists are their friends, which helps promote good hygiene habits while preventing potential dental phobia in the future.
We'd like to focus briefly on the different health concerns for patients in various age groups so you understand the diverse concerns that we are able to address.
Family Dental Care for Babies and Toddles
With babies and toddlers, our primary concern is making sure that the teeth are coming in straight and healthy. We provide parents with tips on how to clean these budding teeth, prevent possible tooth decay, and advice on how to stop thumbsucking, which can actually cause dental alignment problems down the road.
Family Dental Care for Children K-6
With children and pre-adolescents, our primary concern will be a mix of patient education to promote good habits, general dental care to monitor the health and progress of the emerging permanent teeth, and orthodontic care. With regard to orthodontics, it's better for orthodontic care to be done in childhood and teenage years as this can prevent health issues in adult life.
Family Dental Care for Teenagers
With teenagers, the same concerns of patient education, general dental care, and orthodontic care continues. We'll also keep tabs on the wisdom teeth, which are an extra set of molars that emerge in the late teens and early twenties. These are often extracted to avoid painful impaction on the other teeth.
Family Dental Care for Adults
With adult patients, the primary concerns for care are maintenance and enhancement, which basically means a combination of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. Adult orthodontics can also be performed as needed to improve overall wellness.
Family Dental Care for Senior Citizens
Maintenance and restoration are the most common concerns when it come to treating elderly patients. We have plenty of solutions to address gum recession, tooth damage, and even tooth loss. All of our treatments will ensure proper function of the teeth that will also allow elderly patients to smile with confidence.
Schedule a Consultation with a Family Dentist
If you would like to learn more about family dental care and how our team can improve the health and wellness of all members of your family, be sure to contact our Bismarck family dentistry center today. The entire team here is eager to discuss all of you options for state-of-the-art care in greater detail.