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Family Dentistry:
A Trusted Team for the Entire Family

What are the advantages of using a family dental practice? 

Convenience is likely the main advantage with a family dentistry. Instead of coordinating visits that see the kids off to one office and adults going to another, a family dentist in San Antonio, TX, can see everyone in your family at the same time. 

One thing that family and general dentists have in common is broad experience with dental procedures. So the convenience factor isn’t just gained between children and adults. There’s usually no need for other dental specialists, such as orthodontists to straighten teeth or periodontists to treat gum disease. 

Family practices, whether dental or medical, often benefit you and your family through familiarity. As you get to know Dr. Shields and Dr. Perry, they also get to know you and your dental history, as well as that of other family members. That’s an advantage over a caregiver that may see you only occasionally. With River City Dental Solutions, you’re building an oral care relationship. 

Do family dentists perform different services than other dentists? 

The services that a family practice provides match those offered by specialists. It’s the combination of services that’s different. For example, a practice that specializes in conventional dentistry for adults may refer you to an endodontist if you need a root canal or to a periodontist if you have gum and bone issues from gingivitis. 

River City Dental Solutions can deal with these and many more services in-house, without referrals, and with a perspective that includes all aspects of your dental care, not just the specialized treatment at hand. You’re assured that your treatment includes a long-term view of oral health. That perspective leads to one of the most important advantages to using a family dental practice -- prevention. 

How does a family dentist approach prevention? 

There’s no debating the benefits of good oral hygiene habits in maintaining a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. As with all habits, the sooner you start, and the more your patterns are reinforced, the harder it is for your routine to break down. 

Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in a clean oral environment and where the intake of harmful foods is controlled. This helps prevent new cavities, preserves restored teeth, and manages periodontal disease. River City Dental Solutions has a program to teach and reinforce oral hygiene for all ages.

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Dr Perry is a great dentist. Very kind and informative. I feel like he is personally invested in my health. He always takes the time to sit and discuss any issues I'm having - I never feel like they're rushing me out.

-Channa B.