Why General Dentistry
We’ve all heard or seen horror stories centered on teeth, from grandpa pulling teeth with a pair of pliers to watching Steve Martin as the crazed dentist in “The Little Shop of Horrors.” So it’s no wonder that, for many people, there are misconceptions and just plain old fear around taking a trip to the dentist. However, you can rest in knowing that it takes a lot of study and knowledge as well as practice to be able to hang a shingle out the door that says DDS these days. That means we can use our knowledge and training to take good care of you and put you at ease.
What a general dentist does is more than you might think. We diagnose issues, work to prevent problems and treat diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity. This includes the maxillofacial area, which relates to the upper jawbone and face as well as the adjacent and associated structures. We also oversee a support team that provides oral health services such as cleanings, x-rays and assistance with all of our general and cosmetic procedures. The reason seeing your dentist is important is that it is now considered a fact that maintaining good dental health is necessary for you to maintain complete overall health!
Good News for Our Patients
Overall our office has many years of dental care experience and that translates into good news for our patients! In today’s culture of fast food and sugary snacks and sodas, maintaining one’s teeth is an ongoing process. This is one reason there is a high incidence and prevalence of oral diseases.
When we take a look at your teeth, there are two primary areas we look at first that are paramount for dental health: tooth decay and gum disease. To help eliminate these issues, we have preventative care that includes brushing teeth daily on your own and semi-annual cleanings at the dentist office. This also allows us to take a look every six months to make sure everything is looking good. It is also during this exam we can look for any sign of oral cancers and other potential problems that might occur. As with most medical conditions, the sooner we identify and start treatments, the better the diagnoses should be.
We find that many patients are encouraged to take care of their teeth for cosmetic reasons. While this was not the original reason the practice of dentistry came to pass, it is a valid reason in our culture. This is why we stay on top of the latest in cosmetic dentistry as well as general dentistry. Having the ability to not only diagnose and treat a patient but also restore the teeth in as good as or better condition that adds to their look is extremely satisfying.
If we can help you in any way, please make sure and let us know. All of us are dedicated to making our patients number one while they are here. Please let us know how we can make it even better for you.