Family dentistry is a type of dental care provided by a professional dentist who offers several dental services to family members of all ages. This type of care is appropriate for children and adults and is typically provided through the dental office, focusing on general maintenance.
At Foothill Dental Care, patients can expect comprehensive care and services from the dentist, including preventative cleanings and examinations and restorative procedures such as fillings and root canal therapy. In some cases, the dentist may also offer cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening for patients looking to improve their smile's appearance.
What Services Do Family Dentists Provide?
Visiting a family dentist every six months is the best way to maintain oral health and prevent future issues. Many people don’t realize that professional teeth cleanings are vital to keeping oral health on track. Plaque buildup is the leading cause of cavities and gum disease. Regular appointments ensure plaque removal from your teeth and gum tissue is healthy. These visits also allow your dentist to check your oral health and recommend treatment for any developing issues. We recommend patients come in twice yearly for a regular checkup and cleaning. Some patients with more developed dental conditions may benefit from more frequent visits to the dentist.
Your family dentist may schedule yearly or more frequent oral cancer screenings, depending on your level of risk for oral health issues. These screenings involve a comprehensive examination of the entire oral cavity, including the tongue, gums, throat, cheeks, the roof of the mouth, the floor of the mouth, and the back of the tongue. The chances of survival are very high when oral cancer is caught in the early stages. However, if the disease progresses without treatment, it can spread to the lymph nodes and other body areas.
The Advantages of Family Dentistry
Family dentistry is about helping patients of all ages achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. The dentists at our practice use conservative approaches to dental care to help our patients avoid complex treatments such as gum disease and root canal therapy. This is because prevention is critical to helping you preserve your oral health. A family dentist can help you maintain excellent oral health throughout your life. When properly caring for your teeth with routine dental checkups and cleanings, you can reduce your risk for serious oral health issues such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. Maintaining these preventive appointments also helps prevent potentially costly restorative dental treatments such as dental crowns and implants. Our dentists often recommend treatments for children to help them establish a strong foundation of oral health that can last into adulthood and beyond.
Family dentists can also provide treatments for patients of all ages, including those with developmental delays and special needs. Visit Foothill Dental Care: Jean Lee, DDS, at 6581 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042, or call (818) 353-1125 for the best dental care.