Sound Smiles Dental is a leading local provider of family dentistry services. We aim to provide top-quality care to your entire family, through every stage of life.
What is family dentistry?
Teeth change with age, and family dentistry encompasses oral care services for every life stage. We treat everyone from children with baby teeth to older adults with restorative dental needs and or periodontal disease. Family dentists understand how teeth change with time and address the unique oral health needs for people of all ages.
Importantly, our family dentistry designationmeans we welcome children. We ensure that your kids will be comfortable and happy when receiving pediatric dentistry services from us. By establishing a good relationship with a family dentist at a young age, a child will develop positive associations with checkups and establish good lifelong oral health habits.
Difference between family dentistry and general dentistry
Family dentistry and general dentistry are very similar, with the exception that family dentists accept patients of all ages, including young children and toddlers. Both family dentists and general dentists should have a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) designation.
Family dentistry services
Family dentistry involves routine preventative dental and periodontal care as well as standard treatments, such as fillings, crowns, and sometimes braces.
Some of the varied oral health services and procedures that fall under the category of family dentistry are as follows:
- Dental cleanings
- Dental checkups (including X-rays, examinations, etc.)
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental sealants
- Cavity filling
- Orthodontics (braces)
- Gum disease treatments
Our approach to family dentistry emphasizes routine dental care and preventative treatments so that you and your children can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Ultimately, preventative care means less pain and less money spent down the road. If you see us every six months, you may not ever need any additional dental services!
Tips for your taking your child to the dentist
Whether you’re taking your child to the dentist for the first time (which the American Dental Association recommends doing between the time your child cuts their first tooth and your child’s first birthday), or preparing an older child for a routine dental visit, you can help ensure they have a positive experience if you follow few simple guidelines.
- Before arriving, describe going to the dentist in positive terms, like “healthy” and “fun.”
- Try to schedule an appointment in the morning, when children are typically more cooperative and well-rested.
- Never bribe your child to go to the dentist or use a dental visit as a threat or punishment.
Make sure you take your child to the dentist at least every six months. Call us today to schedule your child’s first dental visit.