Comprehensive Dental Care For Your Entire Family
When it comes to educating patients about the significant role good oral health plays in not just the well-being of smiles but in daily life, it’s never too early or too late. As your trusted home for all things dental, Dr. Gina R. Pittenger and her team at Powell Family Dentistry, are committed to helping families and patients of all ages achieve healthy, functional, and beautiful smiles that last.
We believe that truly radiant smiles begin with a healthy, strong foundation that is free of decay or infection. Our team makes this our top priority by using our skill set paired with our compassionate approach to helping make long-lasting smiles a possibility for patients of every age.
Whether you are looking to bring your young child in for their first checkup, wanting to address dental misalignment for your teen, or interested in a reliable restorative solution for a senior’s smile, we encourage you to contact us today for your comprehensive consultation!
We are also proud to announce that we happily accept TennCare and other forms of insurance to ensure each patient we see has the chance at receiving the quality dental care they deserve.
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What Does Family Dentistry Involve?
Though similar to general dentistry, family dentistry has a few key exceptions. Yes, both types of dentistry do focus on oral hygiene, tooth health, and preserving the long-lasting integrity of all thing’s oral health. However, family dental care takes it one step further by accepting patients of all ages, making a family dental office a convenient choice for all age groups in your home.
Your family-focused dentist will typically provide the following:
The choice to visit a family dentist allows you to benefit from their extensive knowledge, experience, and expanded services that all focus on the prevention and treatment of the most common dental problems that could affect you at any age.
What are Some Common Dental and Oral Health Issues Family Dentistry Can Address?
Because our smiles are in constant use, certain complications are bound to happen. The good news is that most are easily preventable. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly and regular dental check-ups are essential when preventing dental and oral health problems.
Below are 9 of the most common issues Dr, Pittenger and her team address at our office.
- Bad Breath- also known as halitosis can be bothersome and downright embarrassing. Any number of conditions like gum disease, bacteria on the tongue, or other dental problems can be leading contributing factors for bad breath.
- Tooth Decay- also known as cavities, is the second only to the common cold as the most dominant disease in the US. You can develop cavities at any age, not just during childhood. Cavities typically occur when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the food you eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.
- Gum (Periodontal) Disease- also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is also one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. Unfortunately, everyone is at risk for gum disease, but it typically occurs after age 30.
- Oral Cancer- is a serious and deadly disease that affects the soft tissues of the mouth. It is most common in individuals over 40. The biggest risk factors are the use of tobacco products, like smoking, chewing, and excessive alcohol use.
- Mouth Sores- are often nothing more than bothersome. Unless a mouth sore lasts more than two weeks, it’s usually nothing to worry about and will disappear in its own. Common mouth sores, like canker sores, occur on the inside of the mouth, but not the lips. Fever blister or colder sores occur on the edges of the outer lips. They are contagious and will come and go. They are not completely curable.
- Tooth Erosion- is the loss of tooth structure and is caused by acid from food, drink, or other factors attacking the enamel. Although tooth erosion is more common than most would think, it can be easily prevented.
- Tooth Sensitivity- involves experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. Sensitive teeth can also be a sign of a cracked tooth or a tooth abscess, which needs to be treated by your dentist to prevent losing a tooth or getting an infection in your jaw bone.
- Toothaches and Dental Emergencies- while regular visits to the dentist can help you easily avoid many toothaches and dental emergencies, accidents can and do happen. Having a dental emergency can be very painful and scary. Common problems that require an urgent trip to your dentist include a broken or cracked tooth, an abscessed tooth, or a tooth knocked out in an accident.
- Less-Than-Appealing Smile- isn’t technically considered a dental or oral health problem. But, it is one of the major reasons why individuals seek cosmetic dental treatment. As one of our most prominent features, it’s only natural for someone to want to feel confident about their smile’s appeal.
No matter which dental or oral health issues you are experiencing with your smile, Dr. Pittenger and her capable team will work with you to create a treatment plan that address your needs, concerns, as well as exceeds your expectations.
Is Family Dentistry Just for Families?
Although family dental care does have the term “family” in it, it’s really just about the branch of dentistry which focuses on the diagnosis, treatments, and preservation of teeth and overall oral health for patients of all ages.
Family dentistry is for everyone, at any age. It is a mixture of many different dental care services with the common goal of achieving ideal oral health while helping your smile feel, function, and look it’s very best.
Why Professional Dental Care is Needed at Every Age
We live hectic lives. On any given day the average American household is involved in countless activities, like sports, deciding what to cook, or pick up, for dinner, dance lessons, carpools, and much more. The list goes on and on.
These factors can also lead to family members and individuals lacking in their everyday oral care or the dental hygiene of their loved ones. And, with dental concerns and care changing with age, it can make it that much more difficult to keep smiles healthy.
It’s for this reason that family dental care is such a necessity for ensuring optimal health for busy families and individuals. Instead of having two or three separate appointments in different locations, all your dentist appointments can finally be, for the most part, under one roof.
Infants & Toddlers
While most babies do not begin to get teeth until they are six months old, from the very beginning child dental care is important. Before the first birthday of the child, many dentists recommend an initial visit to ensure that teeth and gums are properly cared for and cleaned.
Becoming used to cleaning your baby's gums soon after birth is a good idea. Even though at first they may be a bit fussy, eventually your young one will get used to having their mouth cleaned like other parts of the body. When you start children on the path of proactive dental care early, many kids grow up to enjoy brushing their teeth and caring for their smile.
During your baby’s first year, there are a few conditions to be aware of, these often include:
Between 3 and nine months, your infant's baby teeth will begin to emerge in the mouth. Teething may make your child irritable or fussy and may cause restlessness, drooling or loss of appetite. However, it has not been shown to cause any other childhood symptoms.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay, also known as "early childhood dental caries,” is one of the most prominent issues in infant dental care. This condition is caused by frequent exposure to sugary liquids over time, which can seriously damage a baby’s teeth and overall oral health.
Sucking is a normal part of development that is comforting to children well into their first years of life. In fact, sucking often brings comfort even after a child no longer needs to get nourishment from a breast or bottle.
During a child's first few years, sucking habits often won't damage the mouth. But frequent and long-term sucking can cause dental, oral, and bite problems. This is especially true if the habit continues after baby teeth start to fall out.
Dr. Pittenger highly encourages parents or guardians to bring their young ones to our office as soon as their first tooth erupts or just after their first birthday. Introducing your young child to the dental office and our staff plays a significant role in their long-term dental care.
Taking good care of your child's baby teeth is extremely important. Yes, they eventually fall out, but baby teeth play an important role in helping your child bite, chew food, and speak properly.
Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is a lifelong investment in both their oral and overall health. You can begin by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that the value of oral health is something to be aware of. And anything that makes dental fun, such as brushing with your child or allowing them to choose their own toothbrush, helps keep them interested in proper oral care.
When your child visits us for essential dental care, there are many of the same treatment and evaluation options for children that adults have. These include X-rays, dental sealants, treatment with orthodontics, and more.
Teens & Young Adults
Teens often face a unique set of challenges that younger children do not. Braces, third molars, facial appearance, and bad breath, are just a few new things to worry about as your teenagers make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Less common issues include eating disorders, smoking and mouth piercings.
With regularly-scheduled visits to the dentist, proper at-home oral hygiene, eating a nutritional diet and caring for their braces, mouthguards, and other orthodontic appliances, our team happily works with parents and teens to ensure healthy smiles well into adulthood.
As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. You're not immune to dental issues as an adult. Besides maintaining a good routine of home care, the best thing you can do is schedule regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings every six months.
In addition to making sure your teeth, gums, and other important structures of your mouth are healthy; there are also a wide variety of cosmetic-focused options available for helping your smile look and feel its best. These can range from orthodontic braces and clear aligners, to teeth whitening, and life-dental restorations like veneers.
As we all grow older, certain health concerns earn our full attention, especially the importance of oral health for seniors. In today’s world, most seniors can proudly say they have all or almost all of their remaining, natural teeth. This is made possible through a lifetime of proactive oral hygiene and keeping up with regular dental visits for cleanings, exams, oral cancer screenings, and other preventive measures.
However, with age comes certain dental conditions that could negatively affect your smile such as gum disease, tooth decay, weak or worn enamel, and oral cancer. It is crucial that you stay diligent with your dental visits and at-home oral hygiene.
At Powell Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive restorative services such as dental implants, affordable dentures, crowns, bridges, partials, and many more for helping senior patients enjoy healthy smiles will into their golden years.
Understanding the Importance of Regularly Scheduled Dental Checkups
It may not be the appointment that everyone looks forward to visiting the dentist every six months, but it is one of the most important to keep. If you've found yourself wondering what the point really is to have regular dental check-ups and clean-ups, we have some things to think about.
If you are considering skipping a dental visit due to cost or other factors such as time or dental anxiety, be sure to consider all the risks first. What you may end up paying for not visiting your dentist, in the long run, will probably be much higher for both your wallet and your peace of mind.
Here are some crucial reasons why you should regularly see your dentist:
- Early detection of dental problems like cavities, oral cancer, and gum disease
- Head, neck, and lymph node checks
- Finding underlying issues with the help of digital imaging and x-rays
- Proper removal of plaque and tarter with professional cleanings
- Breaking bad habits like thumb sucking, smoking, teeth clenching and grinding
- Helping manage sleep issues like snoring and sleep apnea
- Building a good relationship with your dentist with honest communication
- Setting a good example for your kids with patient education
- Financial benefits from preventive dental care and financing options
- Helping keep your smile healthy so you can smile with confidence
- Maintaining overall well-being by eliminating oral infection and decay
Contact Powell Family Dentistry for Family-Focused Care You Can Trust!
Dr. Gina R. Pittenger and her team offer comprehensive services that treat the whole family at any stage of development. We truly enjoy serving families and individuals of all ages throughout the Powell community and always welcome new patients to our practice. Call us today to schedule your appointment!
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