Family dental care provides an opportunity for everyone in your household to enjoy the same high standard of care in an environment everyone is familiar with. Courtney Nowicki, DDS, MS, FICOI, Robert Christ, DMD, FAGD, FICOI, and the team at the Center for Dental Excellence East Lake in Tarpon Springs, Florida, love working with families and strive to make every visit an enjoyable experience. Call or click today to book your next visit online
Family dentistry is a dental specialty focused on delivering outstanding dental services to people of all ages. While some dentists choose to only treat adults or children, family dentists welcome patients across all phases of life.
During dental school, family dentists complete a wide range of training. By the time they enter practice they have an expansive body of skills and experience working with patients of all ages. Perhaps more importantly, dentists who choose to specialize in family dentistry enjoy the challenges of providing care to both kids and adults.
Family dentistry offers the same treatments you would expect from any general dentist. It has a strong focus on preventive care and offers top-quality restorative treatments and cosmetic dentistry enhancements.
Convenience is certainly a primary benefit of working with a family dentistry practice. When the time comes to book your loved ones’ dental exams, that process takes far less time than trying to contact multiple dental offices.
Coming in for care is also more convenient. Some families even book visits for the entire family until on the same day. This cuts down on travel time and allows busy parents to check an important item off the to-do list.
Ease of recordkeeping is also a benefit of family dentistry. If the time comes to relocate and find a new dental professional, the full dental records for everyone can be transferred in one simple process.
Family dentistry also allows your dentist to get to know each patient in the context of their place within a family. That can be very helpful for parents who are working hard to instill great dental hygiene habits in their children.
The best way to prevent kids from becoming fearful of dental visits is to begin bringing them in as babies. This allows them to become used to routine dental care from a very early age.
If your older child expresses a fear of coming to the office, try bringing them in with you during your next visit. Once they see that dental care is nothing to be afraid of, they’ll be far less resistant to their own visit.
There are many children's books that focus on how fun it is to go to the dentist. Find one or two written for your child’s age range and read them together. You can also consider how you present the idea of dental visits. Just saying “you get to go” instead of “you have to go” can make a world of difference in how a child approaches dental care.
When you’re ready to book your next dental appointment, call the office or spend a few moments online.