Family Care Dentistry: Your FAQs Answered!

“Why do dentists emphasize flossing so much?”

“What does it mean if a practice says it provides “comprehensive care?”

“What’s the advantage of going to a family practice?”

These are just a few of the many questions that our patients bring to us about family care dentistry at Penn Family Dental Practice. In today’s information-rich world, patients are more curious and research-minded than ever before when it comes to choosing the right dental provide for themselves and their loved ones.

At Penn Dental Family Practice, we’re committed to giving you the information you need to make informed decisions for you and your family. That’s why we’ve put together a list of frequently-asked questions about what makes our services shine. We’ve answered these questions briefly below, but we encourage you to meet with one of our dentists to learn more if you have a specific concern for yourself or your family!

Q: What does it mean if a practice says it provides “comprehensive care”?

A: The term “comprehensive care” refers to a streamlined system of care in which you, as a patient, enjoy the many benefits of having a wide array of specialists under the same roof. At Penn Dental Family Practice, your teeth are checked by a general dentist, who can then refer you to any number of specialists at our practice for follow-up treatment if you require it. The system ensures continuity of care and optimizes the time you spend at the dentist’s office.

For families with young children, comprehensive care offers the added benefit of being able to begin your child in pediatric dental care, and then move seamlessly into general dentistry as they grow, all within the same practice.

Q: Besides brushing daily, what are the best dental practices for my family?

A: We all know the importance of daily tooth brushing. But don’t forget about flossing! Flossing daily is one of the greatest predictors of long-term oral health. Many people think that brushing their teeth once a day is sufficient when really that’s not the case. Brushing does not get rid of the plaque that builds up daily on the edges of and gaps between your teeth. When you neglect flossing, the resultant plaque buildup can lead to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. And gum disease is the #1 cause of missing teeth down the road, if left untreated.

Additionally, regular visits to your dentist are an important of maintaining your family’s oral health. There is no one-size-fits-all schedule for the frequency of your visits; talk with your dentist about how often you and your children should be going, and then work to maintain that schedule. For many people, once or twice a year is advised.

Q: What’s the advantage of going to a family care dentistry practice?

A: At our family practice, we address all the issues you could possibly encounter over the course of the life cycle, from pediatric dentistry and orthodontics to periodontics and special care for senior citizens. We want our office to be a place where you feel comfortable bringing your whole family so that you can make appointments together (and avoid multiple trips!) Our friendly, caring staff loves getting to know and take special care of our patients, no matter their age.

Family Care Dentistry in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Penn Dental Family Practice is delighted to provide comprehensive care to families in the Greater Philadelphia area. To make an appointment, or to learn more, call us today at 215-898-7337(PDFP)!