What is general and family dentistry?
General and family dentistry focuses on preventative care of your teeth. General and family dentists treat people of all ages including children, adolescents and adults. A general and family dentist performs professional teeth cleanings to help get rid of plaque buildup that cannot be removed with daily brushing and flossing. This type of dentistry focuses on examining the condition of your teeth and gums, preventing infection and bone loss as well as detecting early signs of oral cancer and gum disease. The goal of a general or family dentist is to ensure you have a healthy and strong natural smile.
What are the types of services offered by a general or family dentist?
In addition to thorough teeth cleanings and X-rays, a general or family dentist may offer a variety of the following dental services, including:
- Dental Sealants
- Fluoride Treatments
- Tooth extraction (including wisdom teeth)
Proper oral hygiene practices at home are essential to help keep teeth healthy. In the event that your teeth or gums need additional services, many family and general dentists can provide the proper care to rectify various oral issues.
Why visit a general or family dentist?
A general and family dentist can help to prevent many oral health problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer and infection. Visits to a family or general dentist can help to educate patients on proper oral hygiene practices at home. Early detection of gum disease can even prevent cardiovascular issues, such as heart disease and stroke. General and family dentists recommend for patients to come in for dental checkups and teeth cleanings every six months in order to ensure the retention of a strong and healthy smile.