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General Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions

General dentistry encompasses a wide range of dental care services aimed at maintaining your oral health. This includes preventive services like exams and cleanings, restorative services such as fillings and crowns, and even cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. General dentists diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral healthcare needs.

It’s recommended to visit a general dentist for a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. These regular visits allow for early detection and treatment of any dental issues, helping to prevent more serious problems down the line. Depending on your oral health status, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.

During a general dentistry check-up, your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth to check for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues. This may include digital X-rays to see between and inside your teeth. The visit usually includes a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar build-up, followed by polishing your teeth.

A regular dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and the gum line, and is intended for patients with good oral health to maintain it. A deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is a more intensive cleaning that goes below the gum line to remove tartar, bacteria, and infected tissue from the roots of the teeth. It’s recommended for patients with gum disease.

Yes, general dentistry can address bad breath, also known as halitosis. During your visit, your dentist can identify the cause of bad breath, whether it’s due to poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dry mouth, or other factors. Treatment may include professional cleaning, improved at-home care, or addressing underlying health issues.

Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth, making them more resistant to decay. It can reverse early signs of tooth decay and is an important part of preventive dental care. Fluoride treatments may be recommended during your dental visits, and using fluoride toothpaste at home is advised for daily care.

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