FAMILY DENTISTRY IN LOS ALAMITOS
If you’re new to the area or you’re looking for a new family dentist in Los Alamitos, Dr. William of Restore Health Dentistry would feel honored to be considered for your family’s dental health needs. At our practice, we specialize in caring, gentle treatment. From check-ups and fillings to periodontal treatment and oral surgery, we have services that meet every need for patients of all ages.
WHAT IS A FAMILY DENTIST?
Unlike a pediatric dentist, a family dentist does not focus on exclusively treating children. While family dentists are trained to treat children, they are also trained in general dentistry. This means that Dr. William can treat almost every need for every member of your family. Essentially, a family dentist is a “one-stop-shop” for dental treatment, no matter your age or your stage of dental health.
WHY IS FINDING A DENTAL HOME IMPORTANT?
A “dental home” is an important concept in family dentistry. This is a dental office where you and your family feel comfortable getting routine care like regular oral exams, cleanings, and other treatments. It is important to find a dental home for you and your family for several reasons. First, seeing the same dentist regularly will help children get to know their dentist, and in turn, they will feel less nervous about their visits. This prevents the development of dental anxiety in the future and ensures positive lifelong care. Your child will also become more informed when it comes to their oral health, and develop better oral hygiene habits. A dental home also allows your child to get better preventive care because your dentist will get to know their unique health challenges and address them at every appointment.
You can think of your general dentist as your family's quarterback! Dr. William will work hard to ensure you are seeing the proper specialists when necessary and will arrange all the information for you in an organized convenient manner. For example, Dr. William may refer you to a trusted periodontist, oral surgeon, orthodontist, naturopath, sleep physician, or another specialist to ensure you are getting the highest quality care possible, while acting as your home base, running communication between you and your specialist. At Restore Health Dentistry, we do everything we can to make sure your experience is as seamless and stress-free as possible.
WHY ARE REGULAR CHECKUPS AND ORAL EXAMS SO IMPORTANT?
Regular six-month checkups and oral exams are critical for a number of reasons:
- Preventive care helps eliminate the risk of cavities and gum disease
- Save time and money by avoiding costly restorative procedures
- Regular x-rays and oral exams can help identify potentially serious health issues, like oral cancer
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST FOR THE FIRST TIME?
The American Dental Association recommends that you bring your child to the dentist for the first time when their first tooth emerges, or by the time they turn 1 year old, whichever comes first. Then, you should schedule a follow-up appointment at Restore Health Dentistry every six months to allow Dr. William to track your child’s oral health and development, and ensure they are free of tooth decay and other common childhood dental issues. At these visits, Dr. William will also check your child's oral health and jaw development. Each pediatric visit includes an airway assessment to ensure your child is getting enough oxygen through their airways during the day and while they sleep.