A family dentist is simply a dentist who treats patients of all ages. Unlike pediatric dentists, who specialize in treating only children, a family dentist offers services needed by the entire family, from toddlers to senior citizens. Since they handle a variety of dental hygiene matters, a family dentist treats issues that are simple, such as cavities, as well as more major items like root canals and braces. Most family dentists also have special expertise in cosmetic dental treatments including implants and crowns. As in general dentistry, a family dentist attends four years of dental school in addition to their undergraduate education and must pass a board examination. They also have D.D.S or D.M.D. degrees. A family dentist should be seen twice a year for cleanings, check-ups and other preventative measures. They help patients learn and practice good oral hygiene.
We have a strong family atmosphere at A Dental Art and we encourage our patients to bring the entire family. Working with the entire household makes it easier to foster good eating and brushing habits that quickly become natural since everyone can follow a similar routine. We also especially look for problems in older family members that may be corrected early in their children or grandchildren.
A trusted family dentist can become like a member of your own family. Over time they will get to know you and your family’s oral health history.