Between work, school field trips, sports, and possibly taking on the responsibility of caring for elderly loved ones, the modern family doesn’t always have much time to spare. In addition to all these obligations, striving to maintain the overall health of your family members while finding the time for dental care with a team of dedicated professionals can seem overwhelming.
At The Glen Dental, dentists, Dr. Aman Bhullar, Dr. Charles Bocks, Dr. Gina Johnson, and their team understand the needs of your family’s oral health at every age. We want to be your trusted dental team to help you and your loved ones achieve healthy, beautiful, and long-lasting smiles, no matter what stage they are in.
Whether it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, or you need restorative care with dental implants, we welcome you to experience the personalized family dental care that has made us a staple in the San Jose community for years.
Take the first step in achieving ideal oral health for your family. Contact us today!
What Does Family Dentistry Mean?
Family dentistry focuses on oral health at every stage of life. Children have very different dental needs than adults, and family dentists deliver comprehensive dental care from baby teeth to permanent teeth.
Like general dentistry, family dentistry is concerned with implementing proper oral hygiene, diagnosing and treating dental health issues, and patient education, all while maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
Family-Focused dental treatments often involve the following:
- Dental cleanings & examinations
- First visits
- Digital x-rays
- Patient education
- Cavity control & prevention
- Dental restorations
- Cosmetic services
- Gum disease treatment
Who Can Benefit from Family-Focused Dental Care?
Family dentistry is designed for all patients, regardless of age or current oral health standing.
The Glen Dental warmly welcomes patients as well as entire families. We proudly provide exceptional dental care services that can be tailored to match specific oral health needs and exceed aesthetic aspirations.
Infants and Children
Although baby teeth are not permanent, they pave the way for stable, adult teeth and exercising prevention with diligent care is just as vital for maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile well into adulthood.
Children’s teeth are more vulnerable to decay, because they may simply not understand how to care for them properly, and their enamel is not as strong as it will be with their adult teeth.
It’s widely recommended by dental professionals that children visit their dentist once their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday.
During their visit, your trusted dental team will take the time to get to know you and your child. They often introduce your child to their team while showing them there is nothing to fear when visiting for essential dental care.
Part of their initial visit may include nutritional counseling to better ensure a healthy diet for enhanced dental and other health. Habit counseling is often provided to help break your child of unhealthy behaviors that could cause problems for their smile in the future.
Teens and Young Adults
As baby teeth fall out, permanent, adult teeth come in. Routine visits to the dentist can ensure a smooth and healthy transition into adolescent and adult dental care. By monitoring smile development, treating and identifying potential problems before they cause functional damage and compromise oral health is significantly easier.
Procedures such as tooth extraction may be necessary to ensure proper dental health. If certain baby teeth never emerged to make room for adult teeth, or if there isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, extraction will help pave the way to a healthy, permanent smile.
Many pre-teens, teens, and young adults can all benefit from orthodontics to correct bite issues with different variations of braces. Although highly reliable, the conventional braces of the past are often unfavorable due to less-than-appealing metal components which can be uncomfortable.
In today’s dentistry, braces can be personalized, and different materials can be used to be a safer and more comfortable alternative to outdated orthodontics when treating mild to moderate alignment issues.
Young adults looking to enhance the natural beauty of their smile with cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening, fillings, and veneers are ideal solutions for improving dental function, beauty, and much-deserved self-confidence.
From years of use, our smiles can display a worn appearance. Complications such as decay, discoloration, damage, or normal wear and tear can affect both dental health, function, and beauty. And, unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for adults in the U.S. to experience some form of gum disease at least once in their lives.
Whether you are looking to improve your oral health or enhance your smile, our team at The Glen Dental can help.
When you stay on-top-of your smile’s health with everyday oral hygiene and visiting us every six months, we can effectively address many dental issues through preventive and restorative care for restoring your dental and oral health.
As age and health needs change, your dental needs will follow suit. Senior patients experience oral health concerns that teens or younger adults may not. However, that doesn’t mean that seniors can’t enjoy beautiful teeth and a healthy smile.
We aim to help seniors achieve strong and healthy smiles by offering the most effective treatments for common health concerns, which often include:
Dry Mouth- Hormonal changes and medications can make your mouth drier, but aging can do this as well. Dry mouth poses a threat to your oral health, as there is less saliva to wash away debris, harmful bacteria, and help remineralize your teeth.
Gum Disease- Many adult patients experience gum disease, with the condition often worsening with age. We keep a close eye on the gum health of our senior patients, helping to increase your chances against tooth extraction or tooth loss due to oral health complications.
Tooth Loss- While many people are keeping more of their natural teeth into their later years, the need for tooth replacement is still common. Our office provides resolution for missing teeth with implant-supported crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials.
Tooth Damage or Broken Restorations- It’s common for teeth to chip or crack as you get older, especially if your oral health has been affected by osteoporosis or hormone changes. If you’ve had dental restorations for years, those will need some attention at some point as well.
Our team will be happy to restore teeth with crowns, veneers, or inlay and onlays. We also restore dental implants with life-like appliances, like dentures, to make sure your smile looks and feels natural.
Are Dental Visits Every Six Months Necessary?
Absolutely! Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you and your loved ones to come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are vital for maintaining healthy teeth, gums and helping with overall well-being.
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one essential step that makes up your dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist, or dental hygienist, will evaluate the current state of your gums, teeth, and other structures in and around your mouth.
They may also perform a head and neck examination, looking for anything out of the ordinary, and examine your smile for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva, and movement of your lower jaw (TMJ) joints.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.
Your dental team will pay close attention to any plaque and tartar forming in your mouth. This is because these conditions can lead to gum disease, an oral infection that attacks gum tissue and underlying bone that help hold your teeth in place.
If indications of gum disease are detected, your dentist will insist on more frequent visits to eliminate the infection properly. This is imperative to both your oral and overall health.
Understanding the Mouth-Body Connection
Our mouths are home to both helpful and harmful bacteria, and with a strong oral hygiene routine in place, harmful bacteria is typically kept at bay. When daily oral hygiene is neglected, this bacterium accumulates, forming dental plaque. This buildup sticks to the surfaces of teeth and builds up along the gum line, irritating the gums. This inflammation causes gum tissue to pull away from teeth creating “pockets” where more bacteria, infection, and toxins can reach the underlying bone and comprise teeth.
From there, these toxins have a point of entry to other areas throughout the body via your bloodstream. More and more dental and medical research is showing that the bacteria from gum disease can cause complications with diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even low birth weight in infants.
How Will I Know if I have Gum Disease?
Although typically caused by a lack of proper oral hygiene, gum disease can be an indicator of other conditions throughout the body. If you’re suspicious you or a loved one may have gum disease, here are the five most common warnings signs that you may have the infection.
- Bleeding Gums, especially when brushing and flossing
- Gum Recession, or “longer” looking teeth
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Red, Swollen, or Inflamed Gums
- Loose, or Separating teeth
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following, it’s essential you contact our team for an accurate diagnosis and effective gum disease treatment. This is not only vital to your smile, but whole body health as well.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Treatment for gum disease can vary because care depends on the level of maintenance your gums require. Here are a few of the treatments we use to prevent, reverse, and eliminate gum disease.
Routine Hygiene Visits- prevents the progress of minor periodontal issues and reverses the early signs of gingivitis.
Scaling and root planing- removes plaque and tartar and treats pockets of infection formed beneath the gum line. After bacteria is cleaned away, rough areas of the tooth roots are smoothed out to enable the gums to reattach.
Pocket reduction- promotes proper healing in gum tissues, encouraging them to reattach after scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the gum tissue is folded back to remove the disease-causing tartar before securing tissue back into place.
Topical and Oral Antibiotics- can help you fight infections in the gums and prevent periodontal disease from progressing.
What Can I do to Protect My family’s Smiles In-Between Dental Visits?
In between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, along with the rest of your family.
Young children are particularly impressionable. You can help make dental care at home fun by setting the example and showing them how to brush and floss properly, which in turn, can keep them engaged in their oral health. This not only helps your child become familiar with proper oral hygiene, but it can help eliminate dental fears before they start.
Be sure that you and your loved ones are doing the following in-between your scheduled dental visits:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss every day, or after every meal
- Don’t use teeth as tools
- Limit hard, sticky, and sugary foods
- Limit snacking
- Stay away from soda, sports drinks, and unnatural fruit juices
- Implement a nutritious, vitamin-rich diet
- Chew sugarless gum to help stimulate saliva flow
- Use a mouthguard during sports, workouts, or if you grind or clench your teeth
- Don’t skip on dental exams
Family Dental Care You Can Trust
Our San Jose family dentists are committed to providing patients of all ages with the appropriate dental care for their smiles.
With our comprehensive approach to long-term oral health, our team can create treatment plans that produce lasting results without compromising the overall health of your smile.
Contact Us Today!