Family-Friendly Dentistry from Dr. Templeton in Gate City, VA

Templeton Dentistry is your local family dentistry practice in Gate City, committed to helping each member of your family achieve a healthy smile. Dr. Templeton has served the area since 1979 and has experience with patients of all ages.

Do I need to take my child to the dentist before permanent teeth appear?

Many parents wonder if their children need to see a dentist when they still have their baby teeth. While it’s true that these teeth will eventually fall out, it’s important that not to wait until all permanent teeth have emerged before making the first trip to the dentist. That’s why we see children aged 6 and up at our family-friendly Gate City dental practice.

iStock_000009141610SmallSome of the benefits of early, regular dental care include:

  •  Early discovery of issues with developing permanent teeth
  •  Establishing a level of comfort with going to the dentist at an early age, reducing the likelihood of being fearful of dental treatment later in life.
  •  Healthier teeth and gums in adulthood.
  •  Learning how to brush and floss at a young age so kids are able to care for their permanent teeth when they develop.
  •  Early detection of cavities and other dental problems that require treatment from a dentist.

What can I do to keep my child’s teeth healthy?

One of the most important things that you can do to keep your child’s teeth in the best of health is to take him or her to the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Encourage your child to brush at least twice daily and to floss once per day. As an experienced family dentist, Dr. Templeton can provide education and counseling to you and members of your family so that you can take the best possible care of your teeth and gums. Dr. Templeton will review the importance of good nutrition and discuss potential hazards to your child’s dental health.

Your child’s first trip to Dr. Templeton’s office

To prepare your child for the first trip to the dentist, you can read books and watch videos about taking care of your teeth. In addition, you should plan to schedule an intro appointment, so that your child can visit the dentist without having to undergo any type of exam. At introductory appointments, Dr. Templeton gets to know parents and their children and provides a tour of the office to help kids feel more comfortable.

How much does a family dentistry exam cost?

The cost of family dentistry  services from our practice will vary depending on what types of services must be performed at a visit. We offer a variety of payment options and accept Medicaid and many types of insurance.

If you’re looking for a family dentist in Gate City with a caring touch who will put your interests and those of your family first, Templeton Dentistry is the practice for you. We are happy to provide family-friendly care for patients from Nicklesville, Duffield, Weber City, Big Stone Gap, and all areas of Scott County. We even see patients from Kingsport, TN for quality dental treatment. Contact us to schedule an intro appointment for your child or an appointment for yourself.