What Is A Family Dentist? 

A family dentist is like a general dentist that has received training in how to work with children. Family dentists treat patients at all stages of life and treat members of an entire family. This makes scheduling preventative, restorative, and emergency dental appointments more convenient and flexible.

Going to a family dentist also helps alleviate dental anxiety in children because they are able to build a trusting relationship over the years and find comfort in seeing a parent being treated by the same dentist.

A family dentist performs dental treatments like routine dental cleanings and fillings but can also perform oral surgery, repair damaged teeth, install tooth restorations, and perform cosmetic treatments.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Walton at Walton Family Dentistry, contact us at (502) 610-0151 or book online today.

Why Choose A Family Dentist? 

Detecting Hereditary Oral Health Problems – When we treat both parent and child, we’re able to detect hereditary oral health problems that a pediatric dentist would have no knowledge of. When parents present with oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, or an improper bite, we can screen for these issues in children for early detection and prevention.

More Flexible & Convenient Scheduling – Having a single dental home where you can schedule the entire family eliminates travel and waiting times involved in taking family members back and forth to different dental practices. 

This makes getting prompt treatment for dental issues more convenient. We also work with you to schedule appointments at times that are most convenient to you. We may even be able to schedule simultaneous or back-to-back appointments for your family.

Instill the Importance of Dental Care in Children – Taking your child to a family dentist from a young age creates a positive impression about oral hygiene for your child. A family dentist can inform you how to care for your child’s dental needs.

We can also teach you how to feed them a diet that will prevent cavities and explain things in a child-friendly way so your child doesn’t feel scared. If your child sees you getting treated at the dentist, they are more likely to have a positive association with dental care.

No Age Limit – Pediatric dental offices only treat children up until they turn 18 years old. Once your child reaches adulthood, they’ll have to find a new dentist. At Walton Family Dentistry, we treat patients at all stages of life and since we already know your dental history, we can deliver more personalized care.

When Should I Take My Child To The Dentist For The First Time?

Getting your little one comfortable with going to the dentist at an early age is important for their continued oral health and development. It is recommended that you bring them in for their first dental appointment when their first tooth erupts, or by the time they have their first birthday, whichever comes first.

How Often Should I Visit The Dentist?

You should visit the dentist at least once every six months for regular cleanings and exams. Seeing the dentist regularly helps keep your oral health in tip-top shape and can help your dentist spot any potential issues before they become bigger problems.