Preventive dentistry, or general dentistry, is the most important type of dentistry, because it helps maintain the overall health of your teeth, gums and other oral tissues. General dentistry helps find problems before they become serious, helps keep your teeth clean, and can even detect oral cancer or other problems using dental technology that can identify any cancer.
The Standard General Dentistry Visit
As a general rule, you should see your dentist twice a year, or every six months. These visits typically include cleaning, an examination of oral tissues to detect lesions, lumps or other abnormalities, and an evaluation of the health of your gums. About once a year, Dr. Firouzian’s experienced general dentistry staff will provide fluoride treatments to keep your teeth strong. Dr. Firouzian will also take X-rays periodically, based on a regular schedule and on your personal needs and history.
If decay is detected during your exam, you might require dental fillings or dental crowns. You might also need treatment for gum disease or gingivitis. If this is diagnosed early, treatment will be relatively simple and non-invasive. Dr. Firouzian will offer options for treatments of extreme sensitivity, damaged teeth, abnormal oral tissues or other problems detected during the exam.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
Dental visits are usually routine and simple, especially if you make sure to take proper care of your teeth and gums. Practicing proper oral hygiene goes a long way toward keeping your teeth, gums and mouth healthy.
The basics of good oral hygiene include:
- Brushing teeth regularly, preferably after each meal
- Flossing daily
- Using a soft to medium toothbrush to prevent damage to tooth enamel
- Visiting the dentist regularly for additional cleaning and evaluation
Children should also see the dentist regularly to maintain the health of their deciduous teeth, or baby teeth. The health of the baby teeth helps ensure that the permanent teeth will also be healthy, and will come in straight and properly positioned.
For some people, normal approaches to oral hygiene are just not enough to control gum disease. For these people, we offer Perio Protect, a new approach to eliminating bacteria in periodontal pockets and speeding gum healing.
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Oral Health and General Health
Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and if it’s unhealthy your entire body may be at risk for serious health problems. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. Tooth loss has been linked to nutrition problems and even dementia risk. If you want to live a long, healthy life, it’s important to maintain good oral health.