Family dentistry is a field of dental care devoted to providing ongoing care and preventive education for children and adults. Morris County Dental Associates of Succasunna is a full-service family dentistry practice committed to providing the best quality care for kids, their parents, and grandparents.
What Is a Family Dentist?
When we say Morris County Dental Associates is a “family dentistry”, it’s not just empty talk. Dr. Goldberg and our entire team take pride in our ability as a practice to see patients from ages 1 to 101. We have extensive experience in making our youngest patients comfortable while visiting us. Plus, we view education as a big part of our care for our youngest patients — how to brush, how to floss, why this is important, what is decay and why it needs to go away, and so much more — because pointing them early down the path of good, informed, oral hygiene ensures their best chance of a lifetime free from gum disease, lost teeth, and other bigger dental problems.
As a family, you have enough problems fitting everything in. At least for your family’s dental care, all you need is one stop for everyone’s appointments. Plus, Dr. Goldberg offers every dental service you’ll need, from twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams to the latest dental implant options, from root canals to teeth whitening. We can handle your oral health needs.
When Should My Child Have Their First Trip to the Dentist?
Early, regular dental care is essential to ensuring that children have the best chance of having healthy teeth throughout childhood and adulthood. As a result, you should bring your child to the dentist twice per year starting around the age of 3. Waiting until your child’s permanent teeth are in place could lead to problems later in life, so don’t postpone that first trip to the dentist.
How to Care for Children’s Teeth
Find dental services for the whole family in Succasunna, New Jersey. Brushing your child’s teeth at least twice per day and flossing daily are the most important things that you can do at home to help keep your child’s teeth and gums in the best of health. Visiting the dentist on a semiannual basis is also important for ongoing dental health. Dr. Goldberg and the rest of the team at Morris County Dental Associates can provide you with tips on nutritional oral hygiene and other aspects of dental care during your child’s appointments. We will partner with you and give you the knowledge that you need to ensure that your child’s mouth is as healthy as possible.
We are proud to offer the following treatments and care options to ensure the excellent oral health of your family:
- Routine teeth cleaning and check-ups
- Digital x-rays
- Advanced cavity detection
- Emergency care
- Preventive education
Benefits of a Family Dentist
For the team at Morris County Dental Associates, we love treating generations of patients. It’s rewarding caring for a new child or grandchild as well as their mom or dad. For you, there’s nothing like the continuity of knowing everyone in the family can have their teeth cared for with the same dentist. Those kinds of long-term relationships are important to each of us at Morris County Dental.
Dr. Goldberg places a special emphasis on education for our younger patients. Plus, he understands that providing a positive, relaxing dental experience for those same patients sets the tone for a lifetime of diligent dental hygiene.
Making Your Child Comfortable at the Dentist
Talking to your child about the dentist prior to a first visit can help to alleviate the fear of the unknown. Choosing the right family dentistry practice can also go a long way towards ensuring that your child is comfortable. At Morris County Dental Associates, we have televisions in our operatories to give children something to focus on during appointments. We work hard to minimize wait times so that kids can be seen as quickly as possible. Our entire team uses a patient, gentle touch with children. We will thoroughly explain the steps we’re taking to reduce their fears.
Family Care vs. Traditional Care
All dentists have the knowledge and skills to take care of their patients’ oral health needs. But Dr. Goldberg and his team place special attention and focus on being able to work with our youngest patients. This goes beyond reading an x-ray to find a late-erupting molar. This involves the ability to work with our youngest patients to overcome any fear of a procedure. This may require more education to explain the “why” and “how” of a procedure. As a family dentistry, our goal is to make our young patients so comfortable visiting our offices that healthy oral hygiene and habits become a part of their life, rather than something to be dreaded and avoided.
How Often Should I See a Family Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see the dentist by the age of 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Unfortunately, this is the exception — in the U.S. most parents don’t get their children to their family dentist until they are well over 2 years old, the average first visit being when the child is 2.6 years old.
People think the primary/baby teeth don’t merit the same attention as permanent teeth, but this is a mistake. The primary teeth need to stay in place until the permanent teeth are ready to erupt. primary teeth help maintain spacing for the permanent teeth, help the child speak properly, allow the child to eat a healthy diet, and they help the child feel good about his or her smile.
After that first visit, Dr. Goldberg should see the child once during his or her second year. Then, beginning at age 3, the child should have twice-yearly cleanings and exams, just as the rest of the family does.
Schedule a Consultation
When you choose Morris County Dental Associates of Succasunna as your family dentistry practice, you can be certain that you’ll receive the best possible care available in the greater Morris County area. We are committed to making patients of all ages feel at ease and relaxed and to using the latest technologies available to effectively treat dental problems and prevent problems from occurring in the future. Contact our office today or call (973) 328-1225 to schedule an appointment for you or your child.
We are proud to serve families from neighboring communities, including: Morristown, Denville, Randolph, Flanders, Chester, and Roxbury.