Family Dentistry in Front Royal, VA
At Apple Valley Dental Group in Front Royal, VA, we provide dentistry for the entire family.
Our dental office specializes in providing dental care to patients of all ages. Whether you are an adult bringing in your child or a senior looking for the best family dentist in Front Royal, we treat you with dignity and respect as we work with you on the best treatment for you based on your individual needs.
Each age group requires different skills and knowledge from a dentist, and at Apple Valley Dental Group, we make sure to consider each individual’s needs regarding their oral health. When we treat a child (from as young as age 1 through age 18), we want to make the visit as fun and enjoyable as possible, while starting dental education early. Treating adults and seniors may be more than just general dentistry. Our dental professionals can treat a range of dental issues as a result of aging, illness or medication.
You’ll find the family dentistry you’ve been looking for in our office in Front Royal, VA.
Children’s (Pediatric) Dentistry
Pediatric dentistry (formerly Pedodontics) primarily focuses on children from birth through adolescence.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes pediatric dentistry as a specialty and therefore requires dentists to complete two or three years of additional training after completing a general dentistry degree. At the end of this training, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry issues a unique diploma (Diplomate ABPD). Some pediatric dentists, called pedodontists, opt to specialize in oral care for children with special needs, specifically children with autism, varying degrees of Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy.
One of the most important components for kids visiting the dentist is child psychology. The pediatric dentists at Apple Valley Dental Group in Front Royal, VA, are trained to create a friendly, fun and social atmosphere for treating children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias, beginning in childhood, often continue into adulthood, so it is of utmost importance that children have positive experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
Pediatric dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to a child’s overall oral health and hygiene. Our dentists place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and holding space for permanent teeth.
- Education – Pediatric dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology to emphasize the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
- Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, pediatric dentists can anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
- Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, pediatric dentists apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
- Intervention – In some cases, pediatric dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of an oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our dental team.
Adult dentistry focuses on preventing and treating dental issues that can arise as we come into adulthood.
As an adult, some patients may have dental fears that stemmed from childhood and continued into adult life. This may mean that they haven’t visited the dentist in a while. We take special care to make you feel comfortable and provide treatment and recommendations designed to improve your overall oral health. We will never pressure you into getting a procedure you do not want.
As we come into adulthood, new dental situations may develop, such as the appearance of wisdom teeth, the onset of gum disease, or discoloration of the teeth, among others. At Apple Valley Dental Group, our family dentistry practice in Front Royal, VA, is committed to helping you prevent common dental problems and maintain your oral health throughout your life.
Here are some tips for adults to keep a healthy mouth and teeth:
- Visit your dentist at least annually.
- Practice good dental hygiene –– brush teeth twice a day and floss daily.
- If you notice any sudden changes in your mouth or teeth, contact your dentist.
- Quit smoking and limit alcoholic beverages.
Taking care of your oral health can mean you’ll keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Senior dentistry focuses on the oral health of older adults who may be at greater risk of poor oral health.
While it’s not true for everyone, as we age, our life situation may change, and our overall health may deteriorate. This can be a result of economic challenges, loss of insurance, or becoming disabled or unable to live at home any longer.
Older adults can experience the following:
- Tooth loss
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease
- Untreated tooth decay
- Chronic conditions
As a senior, it’s important to take care of your teeth and mouth. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Certain medications can cause dry mouth, which means you may need more fluoride. To help protect against tooth decay, use fluoride toothpaste. Your dentist may also suggest a fluoride treatment at your next appointment.
- Brushing and flossing every day are paramount to good oral hygiene. If an older family member is unable to do this on their own, ask a caregiver to help, or try making the toothbrush easier to hold or using an electric toothbrush. This will aid in the prevention of gum disease.
- Eat well-balanced meals for a healthy mouth.
- If you’re a smoker, quit. Smoking can lead to oral cancers that are more prevalent in people over 40.
- If you are new to dentures, start by eating soft, non-sticky foods. It is also good to cut the food into smaller pieces and chew slowly. Make sure to avoid foods that can get caught under the dentures. Be sure to brush your dentures every day and remove them at night to avoid swollen gums.
Your family dentist in Front Royal, VA, will help you address the dental concerns of older family members. We are committed to providing compassionate care and will work with you to provide options to pay for necessary dental procedures or direct you where to find lower-cost dental care.
Let us help your family stay happy and healthy. Call (540) 635-2493 to schedule an appointment.