We love teeth! As strange as that is, we are excited about it. As general dentists, we act as the quarterback for your oral health. From preventing gum disease (did you floss today?) to watching for signs of oral cancer and other scary things, we are your local dentists who take your oral health seriously.
Everyone should see a general dentist for routine oral health examinations. Most people benefit from twice-yearly cleanings, and regular exams to prevent such things as tooth decay. General dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment. Patients who visit a general dentist can expect professional oral health care, as well as education and advisement about self-care between office visits.
Our dentists and professional team are passionate about teeth and about keeping your pearly whites pearly and in the game! It’s what we do!
Did you know…
The American Dental Association recommends that every American visit a general dentist a minimum of one time every six months? Doing so can aid in the detection of decay, oral disease, and other dental health problems before they progress and become severe. If you are at risk for certain complications or have a history of periodontal disease and advanced decay, you may need to visit your general dentist on a more frequent basis. Patients who visit their local dentist regularly and as recommended are more likely to retain their natural teeth and enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to visit a general dentist?
Yes, yes, and yes!! Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms of tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth pain, it is important to visit your dentist for a thorough examination and cleaning. Despite daily brushing and flossing, your teeth can still accumulate tartar that can harbor bacteria. These bacteria can lead to gum disease and tooth decay if not professionally removed at your dentist’s office.
Often times we as dentists catch cavities or other problems when they are small. This prevents toothaches, headaches, and wallet aches down the road. So if you are one of those people who may not enjoy dental visits, it is especially important to keep up with those regular checkups! Everyone at our dental practice strives to make your visit as comfortable and relaxing as possible!
What should I expect during my dentist visit?
We don’t treat dental care as a “one size fits all” approach. That may be okay for some dental practices, but that is not how we want our friends and family treated. Your cleaning schedule will be determined by what best suits your needs, and x-rays will be taken based on your risk and need for them. We take time to get to know you and that helps us determine what type of care may be best suited to you. If there is a problem, we will tell you, but, ultimately, your dental treatment will always be decided by you. We will then come up with a plan to help you and your teeth stay healthy.
Are there any special instructions I need to follow after seeing my dentist?
Based on the results of your dental check-up, your general dentist may recommend that you return for treatment or follow a special at-home oral care plan. You may also be referred to a dental specialist for treatment of advanced oral health conditions if needed.
If you have any questions after leaving the office, or something wasn’t clear, please call us. We will be more than happy to answer your questions or even bring you back to the office to discuss it in person.
Dental Cleanings & Preventative Care
Preventative care is a pillar of dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist regularly – usually about twice yearly – for full cleanings, examinations, and consultations for potential treatment. Professional dental cleanings help remove built-up plaque and tartar that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing. Often, dentists are also capable of identifying potential problems that patients are not yet able to see or feel. When you maintain regular preventative dental appointments, you can avoid decay and gum disease, as well as identify the beginnings of oral health problems before they become severe, making treatment both more comfortable and affordable.
Before and after dental cleaning
Did you know…
that Americans are less and less likely to visit the dentist as they age? Data from the Centers for Disease Control reports that only 57 percent of Americans over age 65 visited the dentist in 2010. That compares to about 61 percent adults under age 65 and about 79 percent of children ages 2 to 17. Nonetheless, it is important to visit the dentist for cleanings and exams regardless of how much time has passed since your most recent dental appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Yes! Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in the tiniest crevices, grooves, and pits. Overtime, the teeth will begin to decay in those areas, which may result in pain and partial or total tooth loss.
What should I expect at my cleaning and preventative exam?
Your teeth cleaning and exam will consist of an examination of the teeth and gums, as well as an oral cancer screening. Dental x-rays are usually taken, depending on your risk factors and when this was last performed. Occasionally, if it has been many years since your last cleaning or you have gum disease, you may require a deeper cleaning known as scaling and root planing, which your hygienist and dentist will discuss with you.
During your cleaning, your dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth and will polish and floss your teeth.
What types of guidelines should I follow after my visit?
In between dental cleanings and consultations, be sure to maintain good oral habits at home. This includes daily flossing and brushing after meals. It’s also important to drink fluoridated water and use a fluoridated toothpaste.