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Importance of Family Dentistry

April 1, 2017

Family dentistry is truly the cornerstone of our practice. At Artful Smiles, we offer services to family members of all ages, from the first tooth and beyond. We address the oral health needs of entire family and you can enjoy the benefits of one-stop convenience, which is important when selecting the right dentist.

Family DentistryAt Artful Smiles, we start from the prenatal dental care. During pregnancy, biological changes can increase risks of health complications that can affect both mother and child. For example, studies have shown correlation between gum disease and low birth weight as well as the possibility of premature birth. Caries causing bacteria from the mother is a significant risk factor for her child developing cavities. Early childhood caries and baby bottle decay are prevalent chronic diseases, but they can be avoided with guidance and monitoring of a family dentist.

The simple truth is that the key to great oral health is prevention. Our most favorite sayings are “Floss just the ones you want to keep” and “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. From early childhood and through the adulthood prevention should be the foundation of your dental health. This includes regular cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments and routine x-rays. At Artful Smiles, we also take the time to educate our patients on proper home care, so your smile remains healthy for life.

An important benefit of family dentistry is that it helps to establish a healthy relationship between children and dental professionals early in life. Seeing a parent being comfortable in the dental chair and having regular dental checkups motivates a child to do the same. Being introduced to dental care early is crucial for developing a trusting relationship with the dentist that will last into adulthood.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your family! Please contact us for Your Family’s Next Dental Visit.

References:

https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/dental/prenatal_oral_health.htm

http://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2013-archive/june/american-dental-association-statement-on-regular-dental-visits

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