This is a branch of dentistry that takes care of oral health for people of all ages. While adults and children have quite different types of teeth, a family dentist is someone who can offer oral care to children as well as for cavities or tooth damages that older people might face. Family dentistry is concerned with oral hygiene and the health of our teeth and some of the services provided by such a dentist include scaling and cleaning, orthodontics, fluoride treatments, checking for cavities as well as treating problems of the gums.
A general dentist is someone who is involved in providing primary dental care. This could involve treating problems of the gum, root canal treatment, dental fillings and crowns as well as providing education for better oral hygiene. The branch of general dentistry is quite wide and there might be numerous specialities that a particular general dentist might have experience in. In many cases, patients consult a general dentist to get references for more advanced dental surgeons and endodontists for getting further care for their dental problems.