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Cockeysville Family Dentist

Dr. Weiss is a Cockeysville family dentist taking who provides dental care to patients of all ages. A family dentist makes getting dental care for your whole family easy and convenient. Many times, we can schedule parents and children for the same time, or schedule back to back appointments. Dr. Weiss is a highly trained and experienced dentist who provides a full spectrum of “gentle” dental care including preventative, restorative, and Cosmetic Dentistry procedures.

We use advanced dental techniques in a relaxed, caring environment. You can rest assured you will consistently be treated with the highest level of personal attention where your needs will always come first. We want to ensure your visit to the dentist is as pleasant as possible.

General Dentistry Services

General dentistry is the area of dental care that covers your basic dental needs. The American Dental Association recommends you visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine care. These services include:

Teeth Cleaning

Routine teeth cleaning every six months will go a long way in keeping your whole mouth healthy. Most dental insurance covers teeth cleaning as preventive care. The dentist may also take dental x-rays on the recommended schedule to see what’s going on under the surface. X-rays are also generally considered preventive if taken on the recommended schedule.

Gum Disease

Your family dentist will examine your mouth, gums, and dental x-rays for signs of gum disease. Catching gum disease early prevents larger problems later on. Consistent brushing and flossing can help prevent red, inflamed gums. If you don’t like flossing, ask your dentist about using dental picks. Some people find them easier to use. Severe gum issues may require the help of our staff periodontist.

Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons why a child or adult might need a tooth extraction. Not every family dentist provides this service, and makes you go see someone at another office. As a full service family dentist, we perform tooth extractions for all of our patients.

Common reasons for pulling a tooth include:

  • Injury
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Cracked tooth
  • In preparation for orthodontia
  • Removing wisdom teeth
  • Removing teeth in preparation for dentures

Pediatric Dentist

We love treating kids! Our staff is very experienced in relating to children. If you need a pediatric dentist but it would be convenient for you to see the same dentist yourself, a family dentist like Dr. Weiss is the perfect solution.

We recommend your child first visit the dentist between the ages of 2 and 3. We try to make this a “fun” relaxed visit for your child to create a pleasant and positive experience. Our pediatric patients actually look forward to future visits!

Taking care of your children’s teeth begins early. You should start cleaning your infant’s teeth as soon as the first teeth develop. At first, you can just use a wash cloth to clean your infant’s teeth. As more teeth come in, you can use a soft children’s toothbrush.

Keep in mind that most brands of kid’s toothpaste are fluoridated. They just have different flavors or popular characters on them to make them more fun for children, but that doesn’t make it safe for your children to swallow too much of the toothpaste.

If you’re using fluoride toothpaste, use a small, pea-size amount of toothpaste, so that there is little danger of your child getting too much fluoride if they swallow it. Begin to encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste at a young age.

When to Schedule the First Visit to the Dentist

The timing of the first visit to the dentist is a little controversial. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that children should see a dentist when they get their first tooth and not later than 1 year of age. In contrast, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, unless your child has risk factors for having problems with his teeth, such as sleeping with a cup or bottle, teeth staining, thumb sucking, etc., the first visit to our office should be around the third birthday.

An early visit to the dentist is a good way to learn proper oral hygiene at an early age, including avoiding nighttime bottles of formula or juice, proper tooth brushing, and a diet that promotes good dental health.

You should also talk Dr. Weiss about using sealants in your school age child. A dental sealant is a plastic material that we applied to the teeth, hardens, and provides a barrier against plaque and other harmful substances. We apply sealants to the 1st and 2nd permanent molars to help protect the grooves and pits of these hard-to-clean, cavity-prone teeth. Sealants can also be applied to appropriate premolars as soon as possible after they erupt (usually after 6 years of age).

Flossing is an important part of good dental hygiene. You can usually begin flossing once your child is about 3-4 years old, but they likely won’t be able to floss on their own until they are 8-10 years old.

In addition to teaching your children the importance of regular brushing and flossing, routine visits to the dentist and a healthy diet,you can set a good example by also practicing also practicing good dental hygiene

Make an Appointment with a Cockeysville Family Dentist

If you’re new to the area, switching dentists, or need to make a first appointment for a child, making an appointment is easy. Use our contact form or call 410-666-9266 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weiss, your Cockeysville family dentist.