Family Dentistry

All patients should be established with a dental practice in order to get the routine professional dental care that is instrumental in preserving their oral health. In some cases, additional preventive services may be recommended for patients, as well.

Your entire family should be seen by a dentist. Even young children who don’t have a full set of teeth yet will benefit from professional exams.

Additionally, professional dental care should be supplemented with a robust home oral hygiene regimen. This is also essential to preventing oral diseases that can decimate your smile.

If you are due for a semi-annual exam and cleaning, call Belmont Dental to schedule your appointment.

Routine Dental Care: Exams And Cleanings

Dental exams and cleanings are the foundation of a healthy smile. Patients should schedule these checkups twice a year.

Here’s what to expect from these services:

Cleaning

A hygienist will use specialized instruments to eliminate plaque and tartar accumulation from your teeth, particularly along the gum line and at the rear of the smile. Your teeth will then be polished and flossed as finishing touches.

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Exams

The dentist will inspect your teeth and gums, along with other soft oral tissues, looking for signs of issues like tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer. Once each year, the dentist will also review x-rays of your smile to look for problems that might not be seen by the naked eye.

Keep in mind that this type of care causes minimal, if any, discomfort, and it helps your smile to look its best. In fact, because regular exams give your dentist more chances to diagnose oral diseases in their earliest stages, you’re likely to avoid invasive treatment when you keep up with your regular visits.

Additional Preventive Services

In addition to exams and cleanings, some patients may benefit from other preventive services, which may include:

Sealants

A thin plastic coating is applied to teeth that are susceptible to decay in order to prevent cavities.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride promotes remineralization of the teeth, making them stronger.

Root Canals

This intervention removes infected material from the center of a tooth in order to save a tooth affected by infection or severe decay.

Fillings

While fillings are needed when a cavity has already occurred, this treatment can also prevent further damage to the tooth due to decay.

Preventive Care Has Value For The Whole Family

Routine dental care has value for all ages. All of your family members, from ages 1-100 (and beyond!) should be seeing a dentist every six months for checkups.

We encourage parents to bring their child in for the first dental appointment by the child’s first birthday or when the child’s first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. This gives the dentist an opportunity to establish an early baseline from which any changes in your child’s dental development can be measured.

Children and parents should see the dentist twice each year. When you make dental visits a family affair, you’ll be going a long way to normalizing this experience for your child, reducing the risk that they’ll develop dental anxiety.

Our staff at Belmont Dental is well-versed in caring for patients of all ages and tailoring our approach and techniques to the patient’s developmental needs. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about our expertise in treating pediatric patients.

Promoting Oral Health At Home: Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

While routine professional care is an important factor in maintaining your oral health, it’s not the only thing you need to do to protect your smile. Your home oral hygiene routine is tremendously important, as well.

A thorough home oral hygiene routine consists of daily brushing and flossing at a minimum. Patients who tend to accumulate plaque and tartar more quickly may also want to add an anti-bacterial mouthwash to your regimen.

You should also take care to use proper technique while brushing and flossing. Check in with your dentist or hygienist at a checkup to make sure that you are keeping your teeth as clean as possible with home care.

FAQs about Family Dentistry:

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

Patients get many benefits from seeing their dentists regularly, typically every six months. Routine checkups reduce the risk that the diagnosis of oral disease will be delayed and require invasive treatments. Additionally, when your dentist sees you twice each year for routine care, it will make it easier to provide treatment in a dental emergency.

How often should I brush and floss?

Patients should brush twice each day and floss daily, ideally prior to a brushing session. When you brush, take care to angle your brush along the gum line and make sure that you are brushing for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled brush that is in good condition. Change to a new brush every 3-4 months.

How often should I have a cleaning?

Patients should have their teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months. Dental hygienists have better angles on some areas of your smile than you do, and they can use professional grade instruments to remove tartar buildup, which a patient cannot do on his or her own. If you accumulate tartar quickly, you may want to consider more frequent cleanings, possibly at three- or four-month intervals.