What is a Family Dentist?
A family dentist is concerned with addressing oral health at every stage of life, but particularly in kids and teenagers. Family dentists are quite similar to general dentists, but typically have more experience working with children.
Family dentists understand that kids have different dental needs than adults, and they are trained to deliver specialized care to make sure that their unique oral hygiene needs are met.
Good oral hygiene habits start at a young age. We recommend bringing your child to visit us by the time their first tooth has erupted. The sooner you start bringing your child to the dentist, the sooner they will develop a positive attitude towards dental care.
During your child’s first visit with us, we will show them around the office and do everything in our power to make them feel at home. We will examine their teeth, take x-rays if necessary, clean their teeth, and place fluoride. If we find any issues that need addressing, we will let you know and begin treatment as soon as possible to prevent future symptoms from occurring. It is important to bring your child in for a visit every 6 months so we can ensure they develop healthy habits and prevent dental phobias from forming. These healthy habits can help them achieve a healthy smile for life.
What Do Family Dentists Do?
We understand that there’s a lot up for consideration when choosing the right dental office for your family. It’s important that we meet each of your family’s needs as far as treatment options go. Fortunately for you, we offer a full range of treatments at our family dental office so we can treat everyone from age 1 to 101.
Family dentists typically focus on general and preventative dentistry. Some of the most common services family dentists provide include::
Regular 6-Month Cleanings and Exams – Not only should your children visit us every 6 months, but also you, your parents, and everyone else in your family. Regular dental exams are important for diagnosing symptoms early and preventing costly dental complications. If you want to save yourself from big procedures down the line, make sure not to skip your bi-annual visit.
Cavity Checks & Dental Fillings – Our dental office uses tooth-colored composite fillings to treat cavities. These modern dental fillings not only look completely natural, but they provide sufficient strength back to your teeth. These natural results last for years to come before needing a replacement.
Orthodontics – Achieving a straight smile isn’t just great for your appearance, but also the functionality of your teeth. Through orthodontic treatments like metal braces, Invisalign, Clear Correct or clear ceramic braces, patients of all ages can achieve a straight smile with a perfect bite.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy – When your tongue doesn’t rest in its proper position, you breathe through your mouth, or seal your lips incorrectly. This can lead to different dental issues down the line, not to mention sleep apnea. With OMT, we can correct tongue and lip posture to prevent other issues from occurring or treat them if they already occurred.
Dental Crowns and Bridges – Porcelain dental crowns and bridges are the perfect replacements or solutions for teeth that have suffered significant damage or become lost due to extractions or infection. Crowns and bridges allow you to restore the strength in your mouth and the beauty of your smile.
Gum Disease Treatment – With gum disease being the leading cause of tooth loss, we can’t stress how important gum health is. If we find signs of gum disease, we will treat you with periodontics to restore health back to your gums. Without treatment, gum disease can not only cause you to lose teeth, but affect your overall health.
Most family dentists also offer additional services, but these are the most common.
We would love to become your next family dentist in Fort Atkinson. Please contact us to ask any questions you might have or to schedule an appointment for your whole family. Call (920) 563-7323 or contact us online to get started.