Healthy teeth are an important part of overall health and well-being. Dr. Williams and Family First Dental believe that "every member of the family deserves comprehensive, affordable, gentle dental care. That is why every patient that walks through our doors is considered family."
Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clark University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has practiced dentistry for several years and opened Family First Dental in 2012.
Tell us a little about Family First Dental. What areas do you specialize in?
Family First Dental was founded in February 2012. We are a family-focused dental practice that believes in creating a personal and comfortable relationship with all of our patients so that they may feel at ease when visiting our dental practice. People are typically anxious about going to the dentist, so we strive to ensure that all of our patients feel welcomed and relaxed when visiting us.
What exactly is family dentistry?
Family dentistry is comprehensive care for all members of your family focused on creating a pain-free and relaxed environment to treat all of your dental needs. We understand how hard it can be to find a practice that sees adults and children, so we created a place where the entire family can come together to have all of their dental needs met. One of the best parts of a family practice is watching the children grow into young adults.
What is the correct age for transitioning from fluoride- free toothpaste to regular toothpaste?
Age 5. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, this is the proper age to transition to a fluoridated toothpaste.
At what age do children usually start losing their teeth?
Children typically start losing their teeth around 5 years old.
Is it safe to pull your child's loose tooth, or should you let it fall out naturally?
It is safe to pull your child's tooth unless the child is complaining of extreme pain or discomfort.
At what age should I make orthodontic consultations if I'm concerned that my child may need braces?
In our office, orthodontic consultations begin around age 9 unless there is some severe crowding or a skeletal crossbite issue that needs to be corrected at an earlier age.
What is the best way to treat coffee stains on teeth?
Dental bleaching products are the best way to get rid of any unwanted coffee stains. Depending on how severe the coffee stain is, a patient could either use over-the-counter bleaching products or schedule an appointment for an in-office teeth-whitening session.
Let's talk Invisalign. Is it a good option for teens? Does the process take longer than standard braces?
Invisalign is a great option for teens. It gives them the benefits of braces without having to have brackets that can be difficult to keep clean. The process can sometimes be faster than traditional braces, but as with every orthodontic case, it is case specific.
How does Family First Dental handle children or adults who are scared of the dentist?
I am sympathetic to the fears and anxiety that people have at the dentist. I still remember a traumatic occurrence with the dentist when I was 5 years old. I am now in my 30s and still have a vivid memory of that day. This allows me to understand a person's fear and not dismiss it as other doctors may. I take my time to get to know all of my patients (children and adult) so that my staff and I may build trust with them. I have had many parents bring their anxious and nervous child into our office for routine cleanings and sometimes all we do is sit, talk and play. It is my philosophy that once I have proven my trust to each patient, they will feel confident in the work that I perform causing their fears to subside. However, there are times when an individual's fear requires a medicinal approach and in those instances we offer conscious sedation. Conscious sedation involves a technique of using proven medicine to diminish an adult's fear and anxiety. During sedation I am able to perform the required treatment that is necessary.
At what age should kids get sealants? Is this something adults should get?
Sealants are performed on permanent molars and pre-molars when the child's first permanent molar erupts (usually at age 6). Adults do not need sealants because they should have proper oral hygiene, however if an adult wants them they can have them. Children need sealants because they are still learning how to properly care for their teeth. The sealants are there to prevent any unnecessary cavities.
Do pacifiers really cause problems with tooth alignment?
Yes, they do. Once the child starts to get their teeth, the force from the suction of the pacifier can cause the child's jaws to become misshapen. Instead of the natural U-shaped arch, the arch becomes more like the shape of a "V" and the teeth are already pre-programmed for the arch to have a "U" shape. This change in arch shape is what leads to the overwhelming amount of crooked, crowded and severe overbite cases seen in children who have used a pacifier and or who have sucked their thumbs.
At what age should kids be allowed to brush their teeth without help from an adult?
Most children don't develop the fine motor skill and manual dexterity to properly brush their teeth until age 12. However, as a parent of four, I have learned that with kids you always want to go behind to check and see how good of a job the child is doing with brushing their teeth.
Family First Dental proudly serves Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the surrounding areas with general and cosmetic dentistry, featuring top-of-the-line equipment and procedures. To make an appointment, please call (540) 786-1212, or log on at www.yourfamilyfirstdental.com