When to See a Family Dentist

When to See a Family Dentist

Has the family dentist been absent from your life? If it has been a long time since you last visited the dentist, you need to pay more attention to your oral health. The dentist provides essential treatment and care for you and your family members. Perhaps you think you have healthy teeth and gums, but you cannot afford to miss these appointments. It is helpful to know when it is appropriate to make your next visit.

At-home care

Just as ignoring the family dentist and caring for dental needs at home is not enough, people cannot neglect everyday habits. Both good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist are vital. From the time a child starts getting teeth, brushing and flossing should take place. People should brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride-based toothpaste. Daily flossing will also help combat tooth decay and gum disease by removing food particles and avoiding bacteria buildup. Limiting the intake of sugary foods and beverages will also help maintain good oral health.

Wellness checkups and cleanings

One of the primary roles of the family dentist is to help with the prevention and treatment of various oral health conditions. Every six months, patients of all ages should make an appointment and come into the dentist’s office for a cleaning and exam. The hygienist will take X-rays and remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gumline. The hygienist will also floss and polish the teeth. The dentist does a hands-on exam to look for any concerns such as cavities, tooth damage, and oral cancer.

For tooth pain

Sometimes, a trip to the family dentist might need to occur before the next scheduled cleaning. Tooth pain is a sign that the individual has a cavity or infection deep in the tooth. If the pain is severe and affecting daily functions, the patient should call the dentist right away for an appointment. It is not wise to wait for a dentist to see a patient if the pain persists.

For physical damage

A smile is one of a person’s most important features. A cracked, chipped, or broken tooth can ruin anyone’s smile. Perhaps even worse, damage to a tooth can be painful. It can even invite bacteria to build up, leading to an abscessed tooth or a cavity.

The family dentist has multiple options to repair damaged teeth. A crown can stabilize it and prevent further damage. A veneer can cover the surface of a chipped tooth. A dental bridge is a good solution for people with missing teeth.

When in doubt, come see the family dentist

Your dentist is ready and pleased to help you maintain good oral health. Your dentist can identify concerns and treat various conditions at every stage of life. Even if you do not have any problems with your teeth or gums, you should see a dentist regularly. Make an appointment at the dental office today and take charge of your wellness goals.

Request an appointment here: https://familydentistphoenix.com or call Phoenix Family Dentistry at (602) 547-9007 for an appointment in our Phoenix office.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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