We all know that the anatomy of a child is very different from that of a middle-aged person, and that of a middle-aged person is very different from that of an elderly person. A similar phenomenon can be observed with the tooth anatomy of human beings. The problems and treatment applicable to an adult will not work with a 5-year-old child and may be too harsh for a 60-year-old person.
In that case, if you go to a dentist for yourself, you will have to go to a second dentist for your children and a third dentist for your parents. Is this a feasible option? To solve such difficulties, we have what is called ‘Family dentistry’.
What is Family Dentistry?
Family dentistry is a branch of dental science that offers treatment to the dental problems of a wide variety of covering all age groups. Some of the most common services provided by a family dentist are:
- Teeth whitening
- Scaling and root planing
- Cavity filling
- Orthodontic treatment
- Tooth extractions
- Root canal treatment
- Dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays, etc.
Along with these, many family dentists also give cosmetic dental services to provide all sorts of treatments under one roof.
Advantages of a family dentist
There are many advantages to visiting and having a family dentist. Some of them are:
- A one-stop destination: A family dentist will not only maintain the oral hygiene of you and your spouse but will also take proper care of your toddler who still has milk teeth. They would have a good idea about your oral health history and any issues that pop up all of a sudden. They will help you take preventive actions to treat your oral issues at the earliest. If any member of your family needs braces or aligners, you need not look any further than your family dentist. So, a visit to a family dentist would be a one-stop destination where you can get everyone's teeth treated with just one visit.
- Education with treatment: As a typical family dentist becomes responsible for the oral health of your entire family, they also tend to give more education to the patients, especially children, about how to ensure oral hygiene. With knowledge of oral health, genetics, and family history, they can take preventive actions rather than curative ones.
- Dental history: Generally, a family dentist would be treating your family for many years together. Over the span of a few years, your family dentist would treat every single member of your family and have maintained a well-updated record of your oral histories. This saves you the effort of trying to explain your entire medical history to the dentist every time you need treatment. Having experience with older generations, the family dentist is also aware of allergies, or weaknesses particular to your family line.
Call us at 480-888-8123 or schedule an online appointment to have a consultation with our family dentist, Dr. Matheson at our practice in Queen Creek, AZ 85142