After you’ve finished your dentist search for the best dentist in town, it is time to learn the importance of general dentistry services.

Preventative Care: General dentistry services are a way to prevent gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth decay. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults, while tooth decay is 15% more common in adolescents than asthma. An estimated 28% of people 35 to 44 years old have untreated tooth decay as well. These three major oral health problems can be easily prevented with a visit to the family dentist every six months.

What to expect: Your dentist will discuss your diet as well as your oral hygiene habits (how often do you brush, etc.) and may demonstrate how to properly brush or floss. A dentist for children will certainly be showing your kids proper brushing and flossing techniques.

The dentist may also ask about any current medications you’re taking or if you use tobacco products. If you are already suffering from tooth loss or decay, your dentist may also discuss the benefits of dentures or other cosmetic procedures.

Preparing for a visit: If you haven’t already found an affordable dentist, ask friends, neighbors, coworkers, or family if they have any recommendations to make. Word of mouth is a powerful advertisement tool, and you will generally be satisfied with these recommendations.

Make sure you have the necessary paper work and your healthcare card on-hand. If you have any anxiety about your visit, consult your dentist or hygienist before the procedure so they can make you more comfortable.

The procedure: General dentistry services will include an evaluative period to assess overall health and oral hygiene. Next, the dentist will look at your teeth for any signs of tooth or root decay as well as gum or bone disease.

Next, the dentist will check your bite and jaw. They will be able to tell you whether or not you are grinding or clenching your teeth at night (which will warrant a mouth guard). Afterwards, they will then remove any surface stains or plaque buildup on your teeth.

If need be, your dentist may need to take a few dental X-rays to have your jaw and teeth on file for future reference. A dental impression may also be necessary if your dentist feels you should be getting dentures, implants or a retainer or mouth guard. If you or your children are having any trouble with braces, retainers, or dentures, your dentist will also be able to quickly tweak these devices to ensure a more comfortable fit.

If you are a user of tobacco products or have a history or oral cancer in your family, your dentist will look for any signs of cancer by feeling the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks.

After the exam and the cleaning, you should be leaving the office with a plaque-free and more radiant smile.