Family Dentists, General Dentists, What's the Difference?

Family Dentists, General Dentists, What's the Difference?

At Bendel Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of choosing the right dentist. No two offices are exactly alike, and making this decision is often something that can impact your entire family. No matter your reason for searching for a new dentist, it is important to know the difference between General and Family Dentistry.

General Dentistry

The primary goal of General dentistry is it's orientation toward oral health and hygiene. While it is true that the primary objective of both types of dentist is to leave us with a healthy smile, a Family Dentist typically has extra training when dealing with children, while General Dentists service a market of all ages.

Family Dentistry Advantages

Think of a Family Dentist as a one-stop-shop for your entire family. When we say that we went to be your dentist for life, we know that many of our pediatric patients stay with us into adulthood and beyond. A Family Dentist has extra training in the department of pediatric oral care and how to help children feel comfortable throughout their dental hygiene processes.

Additionally, many general dentists have preferred age groups. If you have a 16 year old child and a 4 year old child, you may have to have two different dentists if one of them is a General Dentist. The added convenience of the entire family being able to schedule their appointments at once is often cited as a reason working families choose Family Dentists.

Family Dentists offer a variety of services to patients of all age, including x-rays, examinations, tooth cleanings, fillings, as well as specialized aesthetic procedures like tooth whitening and microdermabrasion of adolescent ridges for a straighter smile. Finally, Family Dentists offer a lifetime of support and education for your family members. An experienced Family Dentist can effectively teach an elder transitioning to dentures about oral care as well as a child learning to floss and brush correctly.

If you are looking for a new dentist, Dr. Frances Chauvin and her staff at Bendel Family Dentistry want to be your dentist for life.