Family Dentistry

Come as a family and get your teeth cleaned and checked. If you have cavities and need your teeth filled, your child can wait in our comfortable waiting area or watch TV in our dental rooms during the process. Sometimes full-on warm conversations and peals of laughter happen in our dental rooms as the whole family piles in to watch and chit chat at the same time!

Dr Mabel and Dr Nicole are famous for having complete focus while treating parents while kids have serious life conversations with them 😅

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What is Family Dentistry?

Family dentists understand that children have different dental needs from adults, and are specially trained to deliver customised care to ensure that each individual’s oral needs are met. 

A major benefit of family dentists is that the same dentist can take care of your dental needs throughout your entire life, from infancy to childhood all the way into your teenage years, adulthood and even old age. 

Family dentists know the various stages of a person’s oral development and can provide a delicate and gentle approach when providing dental care. Family dentists always ensure that their patients have a positive experience when they come for appointments. 

Family Dentistry v.s. General Dentistry 

General dentists are the leading providers of oral healthcare and make up about 80% of the entire dentist population. While some general dentists can treat patients of any age, they are more often than not restricted in terms of the age group that they see and/or type of procedures they do.

On the contrary, family dentists are trained to manage and treat entire families and track a person’s oral health from childhood to adulthood. 

Family Dentistry v.s. Paediatric Dentistry 

While family dentists are suitable for people of all ages, including children, a paediatric dentist generally mainly specialises in dental care for children under 18 years old and children with special healthcare needs. A dentist specialising in children’s dentistry typically has to study for another 3 years on top of the usual dental degree, as compared to a family dentist. 

Life Stages of Dental Care

Babies

A baby may be susceptible to oral diseases like cavities and tooth decay during their primary dentition phase (baby teeth). After the first tooth erupts at 6 months of age, we recommend that you bring your baby to a paediatric dentist. Starting appropriate oral care early ensures that your child develops good oral habits from young.

Early Childhood

Children will naturally lose their primary teeth or milk teeth and require specialised care as their permanent teeth start to grow. During this transition, it is crucial to establish good oral hygiene habits such as dally brushing and flossing, and getting routine teeth cleaning at the dentist. This will help to prevent cavities, tooth decay, or the onset of serious dental conditions. 

Teens and Young Adults 

For teenagers, orthodontics are many times required to straighten or reposition permanent teeth. Teenagers and young adults are also prone to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease depending on their diet and lifestyle.

Adults

Adults often skip routine dental checkups due to their busy schedules. However, oral care is just as important for adults as it is for children who are growing up. After the age of 35, you are more at risk of losing teeth to tooth decay or periodontal disease. Other common oral problems in adults include the breakdown of existing fillings, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Less commonly, routine dental checkups also serve the purpose for screening and early detection of oral cancer.

Seniors (65+)

When we reach the age of 65, there are new oral challenges, such as dry mouth, attrition, oral cancer, root decay and serious gum diseases. The elderly also often lose their teeth, resulting in the need for dentures or implants. Maintaining a healthy oral condition by having lifelong oral hygiene habits can help to prevent serious oral conditions. 

What are some Family Dentistry Services? 

General Dental Care

These include teeth cleanings and examinations to monitor your oral health. 

Cavity Checks and Fillings

Cavities are the most common preventable childhood oral condition, so family dentists specialise in identifying and treating cavities with fillings. 

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatment includes using topical forms of fluoride to treat children’s teeth to strengthen teeth and make them less susceptible to decay for children between 3 and 6 years, as well as teens and adults. 

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentists generally use sedatives to reduce anxiety before dental procedures, especially for those who suffer from dental phobia, generalised anxiety, or those with previous dental trauma. 

Gum disease treatment 

Gum disease is common in adults, so family dentists use procedures such as deep cleanings, gum flap surgery and antibiotics to treat gingivitis or other gum diseases. 

Orthodontics 

Most family dentists will offer orthodontic assessments and some may offer in-house orthodontics such as braces and Invisalign. 

Restorative Dentistry

This includes things like repairing damaged teeth with dental fillings or bonding treatment. It also includes restoring missing parts of tooth structures with inlays, onlays, crowns or fillings, or replacing missing teeth with implants, bridges or dentures. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can help correct misshapen, chipped, discoloured or missing teeth. This includes dental veneers and teeth whitening to restore a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance. 

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International Building (Next to Lido)
360 Orchard Road #03-06/07
Singapore 238869

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    International Building (Next to Lido)
    360 Orchard Road #03-06/07
    Singapore 238869
    Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm
    Sat: 9am to 1pm
    Closed on Sun & PH
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