Family dentistry is a general dental service that we provide for patients in our Baltimore, MD dental office and the surrounding areas. At all of our Horizon Family Dental Care locations, we help families schedule dental visits so that all the members of their families can get the care they need under one roof.
Whether you need assistance with caring for your child’s smile or want to improve your own smile, our team can help meet your needs with a personal approach. We welcome all of our patients to ask us questions to learn more about their oral health options and educate themselves on the best ways to care for their smiles.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy with routine dental care and between visits will support your oral and overall health and wellness.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
At your child’s primary visit to Horizon Family Dental Care, we often will:
- Clean the teeth and gums
- Take dental x-rays
- Examine the mouth thoroughly
- Teach parents how to care for their child’s teeth
- Apply a fluoride treatment
Patient education is at the forefront of our practice. Teaching young children and their parents the best methods of oral hygiene sets the foundation for future good habits. We want the dentist’s office to be a friendly and comfortable place for young patients.
For patients of all ages, routine dental visits often act as prevenative care. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis helps maintain the smile and allows our professional team to discover any developing problems. The best time to take your child to their first dental visit is after their first baby tooth erupts.
Restorative and Cosmetic Care for Adults
As we age, we can deal with tooth damage and discoloration over time. Some of the best treatments for addressing these dental problems are dental veneers, tooth bonding, dental crowns, and professional teeth whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding treatments are similar because they both address cosmetic imperfections. However, veneers are permanent while tooth bonding may require more repairs and is best for patients new to cosmetic care. Dental crowns fully cover damaged teeth and provide added strength and function to the dental structure. Professional teeth whitening treatments can erase years of stains and make the smile look more youthful.
Family Dentistry FAQs
Read common questions patients have about family dental care below:
How do I care for my child’s baby teeth?
When your child’s first teeth erupt, use an infant toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste to gently brush their teeth and gums. Even before your child grows their baby teeth, you can clean their gums. Wiping the gums with a damp cloth removes food particles and harmful bacteria that can cause infection.
When should my child receive dental sealants?
Dental sealants are best for children between 6 to 12. Age 6 is when the first molars erupt, and the second molars typically erupt around age 12. Sealants are used on the back molars to protect them from infection. They are thin coatings applied to the molars by a dentist and “seal” out decay.
Schedule a Dental Consultation Today
Are you looking for a new family dentist? Request a dental appointment with Horizon Family Dental Care online. Feel free to ask us any remaining questions you have about your child’s dental visit or oral health.