Scheduling dental appointments for each family member can be difficult, especially if you have hectic daily schedules. By finding the best provider of family dental care, the whole family’s oral health can be cared for in a single location, and a lot of time and effort can be saved.
The Difference Between Family Dentistry and General Dentistry
Most families look for a general dentist to become their primary care dentist. Yes, general dentists have undergone training in specialized areas like root canal therapy, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. But you should be looking for a family dentist to take care of the entire family’s oral health.
Why? A trustworthy family dental clinic offers a one-stop solution for the different dental care needs of each family member. Whether you need an endodontist to treat problems with your pulp and root, or a pediatric dentist to treat your child’s teeth, a family dentist offers what you need in just one dental office.
Furthermore, you can easily schedule dental appointments for different family members all at once. This means there will be less time waiting for consecutive appointments or setting appointments on different days of the week.
As for delivering the best facilities and dental technology, good family dentists go the extra mile to make each visit as safe and as comfortable as it can be. They invest in thoughtful details that elevate your dental care experience, such as:
- Safety glasses
- Refreshing wipes
- Protective bibs
- Soft, pillow top chair
- Low-radiation digital X-rays
Basically, a good family dentist specializes in various dental services. These include dental fillings and cleanings, tooth replacement, bridges and crowns, and sealants. There are also some family dentists specializing in cosmetic dentistry, meaning you can get more dental services under a single roof.
What to Look For In a Family Dentist
● A Convenient Location
You do not want to drive far to have your teeth and mouth checked, so consider checking in your own community for a reputable family dental office. It would be ideal to just swing into the office on your way home from work or perhaps drop by after you have picked up your child from school.
● Ability to Cater to Emergency Situations
Accidents happen anytime and anywhere. For instance, your child may complain of a severe toothache at midnight, or perhaps get a tooth knocked out after falling down while playing on a Friday night. Of course, you do not want to wait until the next morning or Monday to have your child’s teeth checked out. So you must look for a dentist who caters to sudden dental visits either on the weekends or after hours without a fuss.
● Love for Kids
Work with a dentist who fully understands how to keep a child calm in a dental chair. Remember that no matter how calm or brave your child may appear, once they see sharp dental equipment, many can get frightened or even cry.
It is highly recommended that you personally visit the dental office and check if there are toys, coloring books or games in the waiting area. Most importantly, determine how the dentists and the staff interact with kids before booking your child’s first dental appointment.
● Excellent Interpersonal Skills
Find family dentists who combine their expertise in their practice with excellent rapport. This indicates that your child will have an easy time getting the care they need. Remember that kids have a great sense of humor, which helps lower tension during any dental procedure.
You would also want to be comfortable talking about all your concerns with the dentist. A trip to the dental office does not only mean getting a professional evaluation of the dental health of the entire family; this is also a chance for you to ask questions, express all your worries, and obtain valuable dental care tips to ensure the health of your teeth and gums.
A family dentist is indeed an essential partner in ensuring the overall dental health and well-being of the whole family. Thus, it is only right that you take your time when searching for the best. During the search process, always consider your child’s needs to make sure that everything is child-friendly – from the tools used, to the dental office setup, to the personality of the dentist and the staff.
Dr. Michael Letham is the owner and dentist at 24/7 Dental and Bayside Smiles. He graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with Honours, receiving the R Morse Withycombe Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Periodontics (gum treatment). Striving to provide a modern, holistic approach to dental care that is tailored to each individual’s requirements, Mike’s focus is on being thorough and meticulous whilst being caring and compassionate.