Heading to the dentist is a stressful thing for most people. Even when you’re going in for something mundane, like dental cleaning, you might find your anxiety peaking a bit. One way to control this is to have a good, long-term relationship with your dentist – something often best achieved by seeing a family dentistry practice.
What is Family Dentistry?
Many dentists specialize in either specific treatment options, like cosmetic dentistry, or age groups, like pediatric dentistry. Family dentists can treat a wide range of ages and treatment needs. Family dentists can treat any patients from infants to adults, which allows them to provide care to the entire family. Often family dentists can treat all of the standard dentistry needs, from cavities to cleanings and fluoride treatments, as well as more specialized needs, like tooth restoration.
What Are Dental Stages by Age?
The need to visit the dentist starts early, with the first baby tooth. At that point, the baby should begin regularly visiting for cleanings and to check for cavities and decay. Starting early also makes going to the dentist less scary for most kids. As they grow and those baby teeth begin to be replaced with permanent teeth, it is even more important that kids continue to see the dentist regularly for cleanings. Going to the dentist regularly also highlights the importance of good dental health and oral health routines. During the teen years, your family dentistry practice may even include specialized orthodontic services. Finally, as an adult and into your senior years, your family dental practice can handle most is not all of your dental care.
Family, General, or Pediatric?
For many families, all of the care they need will be available at a family dentistry practice. Occasionally, there may be a case where something specialized is required that could cause you to need to take your kids to a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist is one that only treats children. Some parents prefer going directly to a pediatric specialist so that there is no disruption of care and routine if special care is needed. However, for many kids, knowing that they go to the same dentist as you do can be a very reassuring thing during an otherwise anxious event.
Family Dentistry from Catonsville Dental Care in Elkridge, MD
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth, or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.