At our Brentwood dental office we like to work together with parents, children, and even grandparents to set great examples for each other & encourage healthy smiles.
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From practices and meetings to concerts and work events, your family is going in many directions. Busy schedules can make it more difficult to take care of ourselves, making routine self-care and maintenance go to the wayside.
However, did you know that you should see the dentist twice a year to prevent cavities, detect oral diseases and cancers, and check the overall health of your smile? By visiting every six months, your teeth can get a proper cleaning, preventing future decay and costly treatments.
To make things simple for you, we offer family dentistry as part of our services. That means that you can make appointments on the same day, for the whole family, to have your teeth checked, all at once. Coming to the dentist is starting to sound a little easier, isn’t it?
During the dental exam, we check your teeth and surrounding tissues – your gums, tongue, and cheeks – to check for any abnormalities or issues. Dr. Will also provides oral cancer examinations, as well as examining your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) if you have any pains or issues with teeth grinding.
After the initial check, we may take a complete set of X-rays, which will give us a deeper dive into the health of your smile. With the X-rays, we can identify any pre-existing bone loss, diagnose cavities, and check for anything out of the ordinary.
Once this general examination is complete, then one of our friendly staff members will perform a complete dental cleaning. During the cleaning, we will remove plaque, polish, and floss your teeth. We will show you areas for improvement, and answer any questions you might have!
If everything looks healthy during your check-up, your appointment is now over! If there are any larger issues, such as cavities that need filling, or any pains that need to be examined, we will continue doing a little work for you or schedule another appointment.
Your child’s first dental visit may come much sooner than you would think! It is recommended that children come see the dentist by the time they are one year old, or at least six months after the first tooth erupts.
While these early dental exams are quite different than later check-ups, they are still important to monitor the health and growth of your child’s teeth. Plus, by bringing your child in early, it allows your child to become comfortable with coming to our office, becoming less fearful of coming to the dentist, and giving him or her a good understanding of oral care.
By coming to our office early, we can continue to give you guidance on when to begin brushing teeth, how to start flossing, when baby teeth should start coming out, and more.
Since we only see our patients, at minimum, twice per year, there is a lot of down time where our patients wonder how they can better care for each smile in their family.
Of course, the ideal method is to brush your teeth after each meal and to floss once per day. The more you can instill these good habits in your household, the less time you will have to spend coming to our office!
Additionally, the food and beverage choices we make as a family can affect our overall health – which includes our oral health, too. By reducing sugar intake, you can help keep teeth healthy and enamel intact. Finding alternatives to acidic sodas or sugar-heavy cereals can make all the difference in your family’s dental health.
Start adding these healthy foods to your family’s grocery list to make for stronger teeth: milk, cheese, vegetables, water; and stay away from these foods: sodas, candy, overly acidic fruits, juices, and wines. Ask Dr. Will during your next visit about more great choices for your smile!
Ready to bring your entire family’s dental care under one roof? We would love to meet you and learn more about your family!
Give us a call today to schedule a consultation, where we can tell you more about our practice, hear more about your family, and make appointments for everyone.