We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

Dental Care for Teens, the PQ Family Dental Way

October 7, 2017 — by tbelnap
Tags: Family Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

A teen dental patient smiling brightlyThe teen years are a crucial time in a person’s development. During our teen years, we acquire many of the views that we carry with us throughout our lives, even though they may later take on greater depth and complexity. Perhaps most importantly, our attitudes toward our bodies and our health take their fundamental shape during our teen years. This includes our attitudes toward our oral health. At PQ Family Dentistry, the family dentistry practice of Drs. Tim Belnap and W. Brandon Jergensen in Rancho Peñasquitos, CA, we look at the teen years as an ideal time to acquaint patients with the importance of caring for their teeth and gums and establishing good oral habits that will last for a lifetime.

Teenage patients have special needs that distinguish them from both pediatric patients and adult patients. The PQ Family Dentistry team is specially trained and equipped to meet these special needs and put teen patients at ease, making them feel respected without ever condescending to them. Drs. Belnap and Jergensen understand how to build bridges of trust with our teen patients, establishing relationships that will extend into their adult years.

If you are the parent of a teen and you are looking for a dentist who will provide outstanding care for your family, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Belnap or Dr. Jergensen at PQ Family Dentistry today.

What Are the Special Needs of Teen Dental Patients?

Teenagers are unique among all age groups. They are just a few years removed from having their primary teeth, yet they are progressing rapidly toward adulthood. In many ways, they feel like adults, and want to be treated as adults, yet they live with their parents, are enrolled in middle school or high school, and are legally considered minors. Most teens have the intellectual capacity to understand the honest consequences of poor choices; however, many don’t actually realize that these consequences could apply to them sooner rather than later. Many teenagers believe that poor oral health choices they make now may affect them when they are middle aged or older - a time that seems inconceivably far off. However, when they learn that tooth loss and gum disease could potentially affect their appearance by the time they reach college or even sooner, many teen patients snap to attention immediately.

Ultimately, the best way to reach our teen patients is to speak to them plainly, honestly, and respectfully, which we do. We do not try to make dentistry “cool.” We do provide them with simple facts and relate oral health to practical events in their lives. Most teens may not be terribly interested in the science behind oral health, but there are few teens that don’t care about their smiles. Once we make oral health a practical concern, our teen patients are generally responsive.

Learn More about Dental Care for Teens

If you would like to learn more about dental care for teens, please contact PQ Family Dentistry today.