A family dentist and team are capable of providing you and your family with solutions to all of your dental needs. A family dentist has all the practice and knowledge as a general dentist, however, the difference is that a family dentist provides dental services to individuals of all ages. On the contrary, a general dentist may choose to work solely with children, adults, or seniors. Our dentists are passionate about oral health and about providing the best services to you and your family. We understand a busy schedule, which is why we pride ourselves on our ability to take care of all of your dental needs in one office. Whether a family requires a root canal treatment or a dental implant, we are ready to take care of your family dental needs.
A family dentist is a one-stop shop for a busy parent. It is easy to forget about your family's oral health when you are running around town picking up and dropping off your children and then clocking in for work. More so, it becomes difficult to keep up with regular checkups when each family member is scheduled across town at different locations. As a parent or caring family member, you want to make sure that you understand the health of your family's dental health in order to prevent gum disease and/or tooth decay.
Whether you are a first-time patient or a patient that has not visited a dentist for a while, we invite you to our office for a free examination and digital x-rays. Our examination will include a thorough look at the health of your teeth, gums, bone structure, and soft tissue. Our specialized family dentists are capable of detecting early signs of oral cancer and may prevent a cavity from causing severe damage to the tooth and surrounding gum area. To learn about the benefits of working with one family dentist or to learn more about specific practices, you are encouraged to browse our page or visit our office. Additionally, you may reach us by phone by contacting us at 562-746-0350.
The following are some of the benefits of visiting a family dentist:
- It is a one-stop shop: we can help you book a date that is convenient for your entire family. Our dentists understand that time is cut short when keeping up with a job or keeping up with responsible parent duties. Having children is a handful all on its own which is why we ensure that a busy family parent or carrying member of the family is in and out of the office as soon as possible. We will work around your schedule to make sure that your family’s dental check-ups and examinations are taken care of in one visit. Nonetheless, always be aware that a dental check-up may discover serious dental concerns which may require additional visits.
- You have an easier time staying organized: when there is direct communication with a family dentist it will allow you to stay on top of your own dental appointments and the appointments of your family members. The direct communication with the dentist will allow you to understand any dental concerns that a dentist may have about the family's eating habits or oral hygiene. To stay on top of your family’s dental needs, it may be in your best interest to work with a family dentist.
- Your dentist will know you and your family: it is easier for a dentist to recognize and remember an individual that comes to the office with their family. The dentist will learn about the family oral health as a whole and may prescribe solutions to a family as a whole. A family dentist that knows your specific dental problems may be better equipped to address the situation than a dentist who is visited for the first time. Additionally, a family dentist will know the history of each family member making easier to keep track of certain ongoing concerns.
- Your dentist will know your children and vice versa: we have all felt anxiety while entering a new building waiting to meet the person who will be looking through our mouth not knowing what to expect. Do you remember going to a different dentist office when you were growing up? If not, I can say it is an intimidating experience to be looked at by different people. Sticking to one dentist allows us to build a trust bond with a person that can only be built over time. After meeting with your dentist for regular check-ups your children will understand that a dentist is there to clean their teeth and provide advice on how to maintain healthy gums and teeth. A child may have their first dentist appointment at age one and then scheduled every six months to ensure a healthy smile throughout the years.
For All of Your Family Dental Needs
In our office, you will find dentists who are capable of taking care of all of your dental needs. In the not so distant past, a patient would visit different types of dentists for specific reasons. Whether they were experiencing gingivitis and had to see a periodontist or they needed braces and had to see an orthodontist, the process was multi-step and required visiting distinct offices to receive treatment. At our offices, whether you and your family members are first-time patients or patients who have not returned for a while, our dentists are capable of providing a free examination and digital x-rays. Our free examination includes:
- An examination of the gums for gum disease (gingivitis): gingivitis can be identified through the swelling and redness of the gums. Gingiva (gums) that are bleeding or easily irritated may require the attention of a dentist to determine the correct steps in addressing the problem. More often than not, the problem stems from a bad oral hygiene. Food that gets stuck between the teeth easily condenses into a calcified version of plaque that releases acids that weaken the health of the tooth. To prevent gingivitis or periodontitis, it is crucial to remove food from between the teeth and regularly brush and floss. Gingivitis is a serious health concern that can lead to gum recession and tooth loss.
- An examination of the teeth for tooth decay including plaque build-up and cavities: plaque buildup is a sign of tooth decay along with the formation of cavities. Cavities form from bacterial acids that penetrate and weaken the enamel of the tooth. When the enamel is weak enough, the tooth is prone to breaking or chipping. Cavities that are treated early on before they reach the pulp of the tooth, may be drilled to remove the bacteria and save the tooth. In other cases, when bacteria reach the center of the tooth (the pulp), a root canal treatment may be the only option to save the tooth. However, there are times when a badly infected tooth has no other option than to be pulled out. A family dentist will be capable of identifying teeth with cavities and will be capable of providing the correct steps to take care of the issues before it worsens.
- An examination of abnormal cells: a dentist will keep an eye out for abnormal cells which may be a sign of cancer. Individuals who smoke or are constantly under the exposure of the sun have an increased risk of developing oral cancer. When the problem is identified early on it may be treatable
- An examination of fillings, crowns, dentures: a dentist will make sure that a filling, crown, or denture remain in their place. A filling, crown, and denture provide chewing support and add structure to our face. It is crucial to our oral health and everyday wellbeing to have the ability to chew and go about our day without having to worry about a filling or a crown popping off.
- An examination of the jaw bones: osteoporosis occurs over time when the bones lose their strength and pores begin to form on bone structure. An x-ray of your mouth can help detect early signs of osteoporosis or other fractures that lie beneath the teeth.
Regular dental visits are an important part of maintaining good oral health. When we visit our dentist for preventive services like dental brushing and flossing, and removal of tartar in hard to reach places, we increase the life of our gums and teeth. During a cleaning session, the teeth and spaces between the teeth will be cleaned and flossed. The dental hygienist will ensure that tartar is effectively removed and that teeth are polished to prevent bacteria from sticking on to the surface. Furthermore, a dentist will help restore the shine and remove some of the stains on your teeth using professional dental equipment. It is recommended to visit a dentist for a regular cleaning and examination every six months or how many times is prescribed by your dentist. Maintaining regular dentist’s appointments will prevent tartar from building up and causing tooth decay or gum disease.
What is a Family General Dentist?
As mentioned earlier, a family dentist chooses to work with family members that belong to all age groups. Additionally, a family dentist is a general dentist meaning that they are capable of providing a wide array of dental services. Some of the services that we provide in our office include cosmetic treatment, preventative treatment, advice on oral health, and restorative services. To understand the practices of a family dentist, it is crucial to know the types of duties carried out by a general dentist. A general dentist has the capacity to aid patients in the following:
Cosmetic Dentistry: cosmetic dentistry includes the following practices:
- Dental Crowns: a crown is placed over a tooth that has been hollowed out or to a tooth that is acting as an anchor for a dental bridge. A dental crown can service a variety of purposes, but their main purpose is to prevent food from entering a dental opening. A crown otherwise known as a cap will all you to chew into all types of dishes without having to worry about food entering an opening. Furthermore, a crown can help restore your smile. Crowns can be made from porcelain or ceramic and are made to match the color of your teeth.
- Dental Bonding: a filling is used to repair a tooth that has chipped or is otherwise deformed. The filling is applied to the tooth and toughened with laser light. A dentist will be able to shape the filling to mimic the shape of the tooth prior to the chipping.
- Dental Whitening: a dentist can help you achieve a white smile in one visit. Teeth whitening is a procedure where the whitening paste is placed on the surface of the teeth. After covering the gums to prevent the product from irritating your gums, the dentist will place the product on the teeth and then shine a light to activate the bleaching process. A dental whitening treatment is the fastest solution to getting rid of stains on your teeth.
- Preventative services are meant to prevent plaque from building up and causing permanent damage to the gum and teeth. The services including brushing, flossing and polishing each tooth and making sure that cavities are treated at the right time.
- Some restorative services include the use of a crown and bridge or a dental implant to close a gap. Individuals who want a tooth gap closed may speak with their dentist to determine the best procedure for their situation.
Finding a Downey Family Dentist Near Me
A family general dentist can provide a variety of services to you and your family to prevent plaque from causing severe damage to the health of your teeth. In our office, we will provide an examination and digital x-rays so that you know exactly what is going on with your teeth and gums. Our examination can help spot a cavity or gum disease at an early stage and take the correct measures to address the situation. To schedule a visit to The Downey Dentist office, you may contact us at 562-746-0350.