We all agree that dental health is important, not only for a healthy smile but for your general health as well. It’s an important area of the body that not only permits many abilities we take for granted, such as speech and chewing, but also can have a profound effect on our self-esteem. Your teeth and their care are an integral part of your overall well-being.
That’s why it’s important to have an Edmonton dentist to care for your general dentistry needs, but what does a general dentist do, and why it is important to see one regularly?
What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry is the area of dental care that most people are familiar with and most dental school graduates practice after finishing. Essentially, it’s preventative dentistry in that these are the dentists you visit for regular checkups and regular teeth maintenance. A general dentist’s main job is to prevent oral diseases from progressing and treat those that are found, such as a cavity or receding gums.
General dentists are the dentists you see, hopefully, at least once a year for a cleaning, or exam, much like your general practitioner doctor.
Why Regular Dentist Visits are Important For Your Teeth
The primary reason any Edmonton resident, or any person, should visit their dental office every six months regularly is to find any problems early on. For example, tooth decay can be stopped or managed fairly easily if it’s caught early on and treatment can become harder as oral diseases progress. Another reason to regularly make an appointment with your dental office is education on dental hygiene. While many of us were taught to care for our teeth, a dentist can see what areas you’re missing or habits you’ve been neglecting.
One area many people don’t consider with their dental health is how it’s tied to other areas of health, such as teeth grinding or headaches, or sleeping. A dentist may not be able to treat these specific issues, but finding the potential cause can lead them to recommend you to the appropriate specialist for a solution.
General Dentistry Services
General dentistry covers a wide array of dental services, from diagnostics like an X-ray and examination or testing. While the array of services is extensive, there are core categories you can expect from your general dentist:
- Preventative services, such as exams and teeth cleaning
- Restorative services, such as filling a cavity, root canals, dental implants, or repairing a broken tooth
- Overall health, your teeth, and oral care is a window into many other areas. For example, untreated oral infections can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, and sleep apnea can be detected by your dentist.
Choose Ellerslie66 as Your General Dentist
Dr. Li and our oral care team are accepting new patients at our Edmonton office and provide general dentistry services to the community.