Family Dentistry An Overview
The Silver Spring dental office of Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy offers local families the convenience of comprehensive dental care and services for children and adults under one roof. Family dentistry enables all members to be seen in one location, usually in the same day. We can work with you to coordinate appointment times in succession so that everyone can visit the same day. Our office also has evening and Saturday dental appointments to accommodate busy workweek schedules.
Benefits of Early Dental Visits
We recommend that parents and caregivers bring children in for their first dental appointment soon after the primary teeth begin erupting, or by the age of one year. Early visits with us serve several important purposes for the long-term oral health of your child:
- Reduces anxiety at the dentist: starting with dental care as a young child often minimizes anxious feelings and helps to foster a healthy doctor-patient relationship along the way. This helps curb and avoid developing dental anxiety and fear of the dentist in young patients.
- Monitoring oral development: early visits provide us the opportunity to monitor your child’s oral development and alert you to any concerns that could impact their speech, the health or appearance of their smile.
- Teaching good oral habits: when your child visits we offer age-appropriate oral hygiene tips and demonstrate proper tooth brushing. We want pediatric patients to learn how to care for their smile and to develop an appreciation for the benefits of good oral health.