General Dental Care12 Nov, 2015
General Dental Care
Throughout our lives, it is vital for the health of our teeth and gums to visit a licensed dentist regularly. Visiting the dentist can ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, and properly cared for. Plus, visiting a dentist every 6 months can avoid more costly (and painful) procedures down the road, as dentists are often able to detect a more serious dental problem before it is too late.
General dentistry usually involves a regular cleaning. When you visit the dentist every 6 months, be prepared to have routine x-rays done, to ensure there are no problems under the surface of your teeth. A dental hygienist will then clean in between your teeth to remove hard to reach particles, after which your teeth will be flossed and polished with state of the art tools. A fluoride treatment is then given, after which the dentist will examine your teeth to ensure they are healthy. It is typical that the dentist and dental hygienist will request that you don't eat for 1 hour after your exam, to ensure the fluoride treatment has had enough time to work. Avoid getting overly worked up, or stressed out when you visit the dentist. A minimal amount of discomfort should be expected, but your dentist will warn you if extensive work will be performed. If you have a highly anxious feeling before your visit, speak with the technician. Usually, dentists and hygienists are more than happy to perform more gentle procedures, and are more sensitive to patients who are nervous.
Visiting your dentist for general dentistry work is an important part of maintaining the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. If you are new to an area, ask friends and family, or even your general practitioner to refer you to a reputable, licensed dentist. Remember, the longer you wait to visit your dentist, the more likely you are to require more serious work on your teeth and gums.
Visiting a dentist for preventative care is a smart and healthy move; no matter how young or old you are. One of the best ways to become more relaxed with the dental process is by viewing dental videos. This way you have a good idea of what is going to happen and that alone can quell fears of going to the dentist.