Spokane Dental Explains Family Dentistry

Written by Dr. Collins on Dec 20, 2011

The practice of family dentistry is similar to general dentistry; both types of dentistry handle oral hygiene and tooth health, but family dentists usually accept patients of all ages, establishing an important ongoing relationship with you and your family.

Family dentistry provides preventative dentistry services, such as regular cleanings and fluoride treatments, routine x-rays and other basic dental work. The emphasis at Spokane Family Dental Care is prevention. The American Dental Association suggests visits to your family dentist for checkups a minimum of two times a year. During each checkup, you will have a routine oral examination and cleaning to get rid of stains and plaque buildup in order to prevent tooth decay and gum problems. Your dentist will give you tips and recommendations for brushing, flossing and rinsing at home to prevent plaque and tooth decay between appointments.

Monitoring the oral health of your family from the time they’re babies and into adulthood establishes an ongoing relationship with your Family Dentist.  It is especially important that young children establish a comfortable relationship with a family dentist. At Cheney Family Dentistry we address the special needs of our young patients by creating a comfortable and friendly atmosphere to make your child’s visit as stress-free as possible.

It is important to schedule regular appointments for checkups, so that your dentist can catch any problems before more extensive and costly dental work becomes necessary. Finding a family dentistry practice with which your whole family is comfortable can take a lot of stress out of making and keeping your regularly scheduled appointments. Your family dentist is trained to keep your teeth healthy by providing preventative care. It’s possible that with routine visits every six months, you may never have to seek additional dental services.