Family Dentistry

For many patients, your first encounter with a dentist will be for routine family dentistry care, like exams and cleanings. Indeed, these services are the foundation of a healthy smile, and patients should take advantage of them to prevent oral diseases, along with practicing good oral hygiene habits at home.

We recognize that you have many options when it comes to family dental care. We strive to provide top-quality care and offer patients as much convenience as possible.

If you need a dental home or want to get back on track with regular exams and cleanings, call our office today to schedule an appointment.

The Value of A Healthy Smile

Your oral health is a key component of your overall wellbeing. Healthy teeth and gums are more effective at chewing nutritious foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, that nourish your body. Furthermore, oral diseases correlate with several serious health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease

To reduce those risks, you should make every effort to keep your smile as healthy as possible.

A healthy smile also is a more attractive one, and your smile is one of the first features that a business contact or potential romantic partner will notice about you. This is another compelling reason to get routine preventive dental care and protect your oral health.

Family Dentistry | Westborough Family & Cosmetic Dentist | Dr. George Ghaly DDS

Importance of Routine Dental Care and Other Preventive Services

Why do you need dental exams and cleanings anyway? It’s easier to diagnose and treat oral diseases in their earliest stages when your dentist is monitoring your smile every six months to look for any concerning symptoms. Early-stage oral diseases can be addressed with more conservative interventions.

Furthermore, the professional cleanings provided by a dental hygienist provide an important supplement to your home oral hygiene routine.

Even if you are dedicated to brushing and flossing as directed, you still may not be able to reach every surface of your teeth to clean them adequately on your own. A hygienist has better angles on these areas and can use professional-grade instruments to remove plaque and tartar buildup there.

We also offer additional preventive services that can help to protect the health of your teeth and gums. They include fluoride treatments, sealants, and custom-designed mouthguards. Ask if you might benefit from these interventions, too.

Home Oral Hygiene: Key Component of A Healthy Smile

Because you typically only see us every six months, you also need to do your work at home to take care of your smile between office visits. Your day-to-day oral hygiene regimen is just as important to keeping your smile in tip-top shape as the care you receive in our office is.

To optimize your oral health, you should be brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Use proper techniques, especially along the gum line where plaque is most likely to collect. Make sure that you have a soft-bristled brush that is no more than three or four months old.

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about your oral hygiene routine, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Considerations When Choosing Your Family Dentist

You may be wondering how you go about choosing a family dentist. Several factors may influence that decision. For example, the location will be important. You want an office that’s easy to get to from your home, office, or school.

Your dentist should also be able to accommodate your scheduling needs. Our team at GhalyDental offers family bookings so that everyone in the family can have their exams and cleanings at the same time. There’s no need to schedule multiple appointments on different days for everyone in your household.

Common Family Dentistry Questions:

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
Your oral health is a central element of your overall well-being, and advanced oral diseases can cause serious consequences. By seeing your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, you’ll be doing everything possible to prevent those oral diseases. If they do develop, your dentist is likely to catch them in their earliest, most treatable stages when you get exams at regular intervals.
How often should I brush and floss?
You should brush twice each day, for two minutes at a time and floss daily before one of your brushing sessions. If you brush for less than two minutes, you won’t be getting your teeth clean enough, but more than that doesn’t offer any additional benefits.
What if I have a dental emergency?
Our office can accommodate same-day appointments for urgent dental problems. Just give us a call, and we'll fit you into the schedule. If your dental emergency is happening outside of our normal business hours (and doesn’t warrant a trip to the ER), you can call our office and reach a staff member via our answering service. That staff member can give you guidance on how to manage the situation until you can be seen in our office.
How often should I have a cleaning?
Most patients should have their teeth cleaned every six months. This allows the hygienist to remove any plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth before it becomes insurmountable. Some patients might benefit from more frequent cleanings, though. If you tend to accumulate plaque and tartar quickly, you should consider getting cleanings every three or four months.