Family Dentistry in Beaverton, OR
Having a long-term relationship with a dentist your family knows and trusts can help create peace of mind and better dental health. At Good Life Dentistry we get to know your family over the years so we can provide tailored care to meet everyone’s needs. Whether you need dental care for yourself or your spouse, children, teens, or seniors in the family, we can provide the quality care you need.
We would love to meet your family and begin a caring, trusting relationship with all of you. To schedule your first appointment, give us a call today!
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How a Family Dentist Can Help You
Not all dentists provide family dental care. Some general dentists tend to focus their care on adults rather than on young children or teens. Some general dentists won’t even see kids under a certain age, while others will wait to see teens until their jawbone has finished growing.
We understand that everyone needs caring dental treatment, regardless of age. You can bring even your youngest child in for dental care, and we can help them maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.
It can also be very convenient to have a single dental office you return to time and again. This creates a feeling of stability in your family, especially with younger children who do well with familiarity. Another benefit to having a consistent dentist you see every time is that we can get to know your unique dental history. This allows us to better provide individually tailored treatments to suit your needs.
Services We Provide
Our experienced and friendly team has the skills necessary to meet your family’s diverse dental needs. Our services include:
Tailored Age-Specific Dental Treatments
As we age, we all require different types of dental treatments to face the varying challenges to our dental health. As a family-friendly dental practice, we will work with you to address your oral health needs as they change throughout your life and the lives of your family members.
We work tirelessly to ensure your kids have a positive and memorable experience with each dental visit. We also work with you as a parent to help you feel confident in your ability to help your kids maintain good oral hygiene at home.
We help seniors navigate the challenges that arise with age, helping them replace or repair teeth to maintain a healthy and functional smile.
Children’s Dental Care
As your kids grow and their smile develops, they will need special care for their primary or baby teeth. It’s important that your kids have a healthy smile when they are young because these early years form the foundation for the rest of their lives. Dental health concerns left untreated during developmental years can lead to more serious problems down the road.
When Should I Bring my Child to the Dentist?
Your kids should have their visit to the dentist by their first birthday, once their first tooth has emerged. Until then, it is key to keep your child’s gums and mouth healthy by wiping them with a clean, soft wet cloth.
At your child’s first dental visit, Dr. Shafer will take the time to get to know both you and your child, working to establish a relationship based on mutual trust, kindness, and care. We work hard to ensure these early visits are a smooth and comfortable experience for you and your child.
Children’s dental care involves monitoring the growth of new teeth, preventing cavities and decay, and swiftly treating any issues that arise. We all know kids tend to have a sweet tooth, and as a result, tooth decay can be a frequent issue. Many kids love sugary snacks and drinks but don’t yet understand how to brush or floss correctly.
During a regular dental appointment, Dr. Shafer will examine your child’s teeth and gums while also checking the progress of jawbone development. These regular checkups can help identify potential decay early and allow any alignment issues to be identified and corrected.
The exam is accompanied by a cleaning, during which one of our dental hygienists will remove accumulated plaque or tartar, as well as floss and polish the teeth. Sometimes a fluoride treatment may be recommended as well. For older children and teens, sealants may be used to help protect teeth from decay.
Tips to Help Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy:
We all know regular dental visits are important. But after you leave the dental office, taking care of your child’s teeth at home becomes the most important thing you can do. Here are some tips to help!
- Swap out sugary snacks and drinks for raw fruits and veggies.
- Allow your child to select their toothbrush.
- Brush your teeth together with your child.
- Try kid-friendly dental apps on your smartphone or tablet.
- Use games or songs to help make brushing and flossing fun.
Helping Teens Maintain Good Dental Health
After all that work of helping your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy throughout their younger years, it’s important to help your teens take responsibility in keeping good oral hygiene habits.
Teens have all their adult teeth, but their jawbone may continue developing. Wisdom teeth also begin to grow in during teen years and may affect alignment.
Teens tend to be self-conscious about their smile, and we are ready to help them maintain a bright and healthy smile throughout their teen years. Some dental issues can lead to a reduction in self-confidence, and we can help treat those promptly.
Discussing available cosmetic dental options that are relevant to your teen with them can help them feel responsible for their oral health. Teeth whitening is one type of treatment that can make a big difference in self-confidence while being quick, painless, and affordable.
If you would like a more advanced level of teeth whitening, ask about our special Zoom!® teeth whitening treatment, which can be done right in our office during a single appointment to achieve superior results.
Orthodontic Treatments for Teens
If necessary, orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign® can also help solve alignment or spacing issues, leading to a boost in self-confidence once treatment is completed.
The teen years are a great time to begin orthodontic treatments to help teeth grow in straight and ensure proper spacing. Traditional braces and retainers can sometimes be a hindrance to teens in the areas of diet, lifestyle, athletics, or performing arts.
Invisalign® is an alternative to braces that is far less visible, more comfortable, and easily removable. These advantages make it a popular treatment option for active, responsible teens. The clear aligner trays must be worn for 22 hours each day. If worn correctly, they provide effective straightening without the highly noticeable brackets and wires used with braces.
Adult Dentistry Treatment Needs
As an adult, it can be easy to get busy and caught up in the concerns of career and family matters. Sometimes dental checkups fall by the wayside because they don’t seem important if you haven’t noticed any issues with your teeth or gums.
However, don’t be fooled by appearances. A whopping 50% of adults have some level of gum disease and tooth decay they haven’t noticed. During our routine six-month cleanings, we will remove hard-set tartar and plaque from your teeth, check for signs of decay or gum disease, and diagnose anything that needs treatment. This can help prevent more serious and invasive treatments from being needed later.
Ask Us About Cosmetic and Restorative Treatment Options
If there is anything about your smile that has been bothering you, let us know! We have a wide variety of cosmetic solutions available to help you create the smile you desire. Dr. Shafer works with you to decide what sort of change you would like and help you create a tailored treatment plan to get you there.
If your smile has some gaps, cracks, or missing teeth, we can help. Restorations ranging from crowns, bridges, caps, veneers, fillings, and more can help restore your smile to what it once was, or to what you’ve always wished it could be.
Seniors and Missing Teeth
It is a popular misconception that all seniors naturally begin to lose their teeth. This is not true. Tooth loss is not a part of natural aging, but rather is the result of advanced gum disease. Gum disease makes teeth vulnerable to decay or loss, due to the deterioration of the gums supporting them.
Seniors face health issues which can make contracting gum disease more likely. This means that it is more important than ever to maintain strong oral hygiene habits during the senior years.
Struggles in keeping up with daily hygiene, development of late-onset diseases, and side effects of various pharmaceutical drugs can all lead to senior oral health issues.
However, don’t be discouraged. With careful regular oral hygiene and dental care visits, you can retain a healthy and bright smile throughout your life. We are here to help provide that care and give you the advice and treatment you need to retain your best smile for a lifetime.
Options to Replace Lost Teeth
If you have already lost some teeth, it is important to replace them soon to help preserve the structure of your mouth. Gaps created by lost teeth can lead to issues with speaking or eating your favorite foods. They can also cause other teeth to shift gradually.
We provide the following treatment options for lost teeth:
Implants are a comprehensive tooth replacement option that replaces the root and crown, preventing jawbone loss. Implants can be used to replace one tooth or several, or even an entire dental arch.
Dentures and partial dentures
Dentures are a versatile solution that can be tailored to suit your needs.
These are replacement teeth supported between your existing teeth by specially made crowns.
Your Family Deserves the Best Dental Care
At Good Life Dentistry, we firmly believe your entire family deserves the very best dental treatment. Dr. Shafer and our dedicated team of professionals are eager to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles for a lifetime.
Give us a call today to schedule your first appointment!
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