Try to imagine this scenario: a young child complains that his tooth hurts. A parent calls the dentist to make an emergency appointment to fix this problem.
And this is the first time that child has ever been to the dentist.
He would probably be scared because he didn’t know what was happening. He is in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people using strange tools and equipment.
How well do you think this treatment is going to go?
This is a scenario we never want to see play out at Plymouth Dentistry, and if you are a parent, then you would not want this for your child either.
Instead, come to a dentist office (like ours) that makes family dentistry a priority. If you live in or near Plymouth, MI, we would love to get to know every member of your family.
An Emphasis On Prevention
Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
That applies to dentistry as well as it applies to any other aspect of life. If you make routine dental care a habit, you are much less likely to get gum disease, tooth decay, or other, more serious long-term problems.
Preventive dental care needs to be a team effort with your family and our office working together.
At home, you will want to teach your children to brush their teeth. They need a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and two minutes of their time twice a day. Show them how to scrub their teeth from every angle so they can remove as many bacteria as they can.
You also want to teach them to floss between their teeth every day. This is how they clean the places that a toothbrush just can’t reach.
To keep your family’s mouths as healthy as possible, you should also make two appointments each year at our office. Our staff will give you a thorough examination and cleaning.
What You Can Expect From Us
First and foremost, we will treat you like we treat our own family. We will listen to your concerns and provide quality, compassionate care for you, your spouse, and your children.
On the technical side of things, we often start by taking X-rays of new patients. This helps us gain a basic understanding of the condition and the position of your teeth. We can compare X-rays in future visits to identify any changes to your teeth.
One of our dental hygienists will give your mouth a professional cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup in your mouth. You also will receive a polish to keep your teeth looking their best.
Dr. Feucht, our dentist, will examine your mouth personally. Our hope is always that your mouth is problem-free. However, we would rather find a cavity or identify gum disease in its early stages when treatments are less invasive and more effective.
For adult patients, Dr. Feucht also conducts a visual oral cancer screening.
During your visit, you are welcome to talk to him about cosmetic issues you may like to address or to ask any questions about your daily oral hygiene practices.
After 37 years in our community, we have learned that no two patients are the same. We want to do what we can to help each person feel comfortable sitting in our chairs.
We like to think this is why we have seen patients, their children, and their grandchildren.
Yet, we also know that dental anxiety is a real issue for many people. We certainly would understand if it became a problem for the child described at the start of this post.
We start seeing children as young as 2 years old. We find that building relationships through regular visits can go a long way toward reducing dental anxiety.
Even so, we do have ways to help anxious patients.
Longer appointments can give you an opportunity to take a break if you need one during your treatment. Many patients appreciate it when we take things slowly and explain the process before we do anything.
We also provide dental sedation for patients who need a little help relaxing. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation (medication) are both options for our patients.
Please let us know if you are anxious. We can work with you to develop a plan so you can receive the basic care that you need and deserve.
Here To Support You
We know you want your family to be happy and healthy. The staff at our dentist office in Plymouth, MI, wants to support you in that effort.