What’s the Difference Between General and Family Dentistry?
By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
September 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedure
cosmetic dentistry It might seem confusing when dentists throw around words such as “restorative dentistry,” “cosmetic dentistry,” “general dentistry” and “family dentistry.” You might be thinking—what kind of dentist do I have, and does it matter?
The type of dentist you choose should be dependent on what kind of dental treatment you need.
Most dental practices focus on general and family dentistry. What’s the difference?
General Dentistry: Maintaining a Healthy Smile 
The core objective of general dentistry is to provide preventative care that will help keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. General dentistry procedures include:
  • Exam
  • Professional cleaning (polishing and flossing)
  • Dental education
  • Dental sealants
  • Tooth scaling
Family Dentistry: Treating Teeth Big and Small
Family dentistry is very similar to general dentistry; however, family dentistry incorporates treatments and procedures for the entire family, which includes patients that still have their primary teeth.
It’s our job to make sure each family leaves this office with a better understanding of oral hygiene and how it affects oral health down the road.

Do you need to see us for a general or family dentistry service in St. Charles? Call our practice at (630) 584-8787.