Family Dentistry

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Smile for Life Dental is both the name of our practice and a core tenant of our philosophy surrounding dentistry: we believe in providing high-quality dental care and treatments for patients at every stage of life in order to promote confidence, health, and wellness. Our skilled and experienced Elgin dentists Dean Lodding, DDSRichard Dryer, DDS, and Michael Schuiling, DDS offer an expansive selection of services, including general, preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry procedures. This allows us to address a variety of dental concerns right here in our warm and inviting office, allowing for a more convenient and streamlined experience for you and your family. Your family’s comfort, safety, and satisfaction are very important to us, which is why we always strive to deliver excellent service, a relaxing environment, and top-quality care.

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What Is Family Dentistry?

Family dentistry is a field of dental care that is typically oriented towards patients of virtually any age. It often encompasses a range of general and preventative dental care options and treatments that are designed to help patients maintain optimal oral health. Common family dentistry procedures include oral exams and cleanings, metal-free fillings, and gum care. More advanced restorative options can also fall under the umbrella of family dentistry, and your family dentist can oftentimes make recommendations regarding potential orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign®. A major component of what sets family dentistry apart from general dentistry is its emphasis on holistic, educational, and age-appropriate care. In addition to providing high-quality dental treatments, our dentists and hygienists also strive to equip you and your children with the tools and information needed to support strong teeth, healthy gums, and lifelong smiles.

Why Choose A Family Dentist?

Choosing a family dentist can be a convenient way to ensure that your entire family is able to receive the high-quality dental care they need under one roof. The dedicated, compassionate, and experienced team at Smile for Life Dental offers a variety of treatments and services—ranging from general and preventative care to more advanced cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry solutions—designed to meet the needs of nearly any patient. Furthermore, we place a large emphasis on patient education and preventative measures in order to empower you and your family members to adopt positive at-home dental habits. This can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay as clean and healthy as possible between visits, safeguarding your long-term oral health.

In addition to providing top-quality dental care, Smile for Life Dental also takes pride in creating a calm, compassionate, and comfortable office environment. From the moment you and your family arrive, we want you to feel welcome and safe. Dental anxiety and a resultant avoidance of the dentist can pose a major threat to long-term oral health, so we strive to make visiting the dentist as relaxing and painless of a process as possible for patients of all ages. For those patients who may need extra assistance feeling comfortable at the dentist, we also offer sedation dentistry options.

What Family Dental Care Treatments Does Smile For Life Dental Provide?

Smile for Life Dental offers a broad range of dental care services designed to protect and enhance the oral health and wellness of your entire family. Treatment options include:


In addition to offering a full range of general and preventative services, we also provide a comprehensive spectrum of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments that can help give you the healthy, beautiful, and functional smile you desire.


Dr. Lodding is a proud member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and he received the AAOSH President’s Award for his efforts to increase awareness of the mouth-body health connection. Here at Smile for Life Dental, we believe in looking after both your dental health and your overall physical wellbeing, which is why we offer oral DNA testing as a part of every exam. These quick, non-invasive screenings can help identify potential health issues and risk factors for certain conditions—including oral cancers and severe periodontal infections. Using this knowledge, your dental team can more effectively diagnose, prevent, and/or treat oral conditions in order to keep you healthy and smiling throughout your life!

“Smile for Life has an incredible staff that provides excellent levels of service in all aspects of dentistry. I would highly recommend Dr. Dean Loddings team to anyone searching for dental services.”
- Garrett K.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about our family dental care offerings, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please contact Smile for Life Dental today.

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