General dentistry usually starts with prevention unless you already have some ongoing conditions that need to be treated, in which case, as a General Dentist, I will diagnose any problems you might have or refer you to the right specialist if needed.
Let’s talk about prevention first. If you brush and floss your teeth twice a day and combine it with regular dental hygiene visits, then you should have minimum to no dental-related problems.
Just think about it for a second, and now think why people pay so much for dental insurance if they can just come twice a year for a check-up and regular cleanings? I am not here to discuss or advise on dental insurance; my point is- Preventive Dental Care is the least expensive and the most effective type of dental care
- Regular Hygiene Cleaning.
This is something done in a clinical setting by using ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments. We remove all the calcium build-ups, plaque, and tartar, making your mouth clean from harmful bacterias that eventually will hurt your tooth enamel and gums.
After we finished with your regular six-month dental cleaning and you feel like your mouth visited a day-spa, I might talk to you about fluoride treatment. It depends on the number of bacteria, acid stains, and overall condition of your teeth. For instance, if you are a big coffee guzzler, it harms your teeth because of coffee color stains and overly acidity. Fluoride treatment is an effortless and inexpensive way to strengthen your teeth enamel and, in most cases, it even reverse some early stages of decay. It merely takes several minutes to apply a fluoride gel to your teeth, but the benefit could be enormous.
Another great option against cavities is applying dental sealants right on your teeth. Sealant material is made of unique resin, and if correctly used, it hardens into a rigid transparent barrier against enamel eating bacteria.
Let’s be honest. You probably can live without teeth for a long time; sure, it will be inconvenient and not very esthetically pleasant, but doable. One thing you don’t want to miss is an early diagnosis of oral cancer. Early cancer is tough to recognize unless you have proper training and tools, but sooner you know, greater survival chances. During every routine dental exam, you will get examined for any signs of oral cancer.