Dentistry is something that is needed through every stage of life. And there are dentists who specialize in every life stage. Some focus on pediatrics. Others focus on geriatrics. But in addition to these specialties, there are also dentists who provide care for patients at all stages of life. These dentists are known as family dentists because they're equipped to treat everyone in the family, young and old. What are the benefits of working with a family dentist? Take a look.
1. Everyone can see the same dentist.
Having to keep track of multiple dentists' numbers, hours, and insurance acceptance requirements can get pretty cumbersome. Trying to remember whose dentist is whose can, in and of itself, be a bit of a challenge! When everyone in your family sees the same dentist, you don't have to deal with any of these hassles. You only have to call one dentist to make the appointments. You only have to worry about whether one dentist accepts your insurance policy.
2. You'll get to know the dentist and staff.
Assuming you'll have kids, you're going to spend plenty of time in the dentist's office as you'll be attending an appointment for each of them, and also for yourself, about every 6 months. And those are just the checkups! Through all of these visits, you'll get to know the dentist and their staff. This can make you feel more comfortable when going to the dentist, which is always nice since visiting the dentist can be a little nerve-wracking.
3. The dentist can observe your child's mouth as it develops.
When the same dentist has been treating a person for years and years, they are more likely to notice subtle changes in that person's mouth. This can ensure problems like decay, oral cancer, and misalignment issues are noticed sooner, which will make treating them easier.
4. You can save time driving to and from appointments.
If everyone in your family sees the same dentist, you can try to make all of your appointments back-to-back on the same day. This way, you only have to drive to the dentist's office once, which saves you time — time that everyone seems to be short on these days!
If you can manage to find a family dentistry in your area, definitely consider their services. This is so much easier than trying to find a different dentist at every life stage.