A general dentist provides a wide range of dental services and can help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Many oral health problems can be prevented with regular professional cleanings and examinations. During a routine checkup, the dentist will conduct a complete oral examination to check the health and condition of your teeth, gums, tongue, and other soft tissues.
At David Kirkpatrick DDS, the dentist will examine each tooth for cavities, plaque buildup, or damage and clean away any tartar or plaque that has built up on the teeth. In addition, the dental hygienist may polish the teeth or apply fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. X-rays may also be taken to detect damage to the bone underneath the gum line.
If any issues require treatment, the dentist will make treatment recommendations. These can include scheduling another appointment for treatment, prescribing medication to manage pain, or recommending changes to a patient’s at-home oral hygiene routine.
The Causes of Common Dental Problems
- Plaque builds up on teeth and above and below the gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach. The bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed regularly through proper brushing and flossing and professional cleanings.
- Teeth can develop tiny cracks when exposed to bacteria and sugars in foods and beverages. This bacteria can spread to the tooth's pulp and cause an infection known as an abscessed tooth that requires treatment.
- Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, namely failing to brush and floss the teeth regularly or adequately. If left untreated, this condition can cause jawbone deterioration and other issues.
- Teeth grinding can wear down the enamel, leaving teeth more sensitive and prone to decay. Many people develop bruxism due to stress or anxiety. Talk to our dentist about ways to prevent or treat teeth grinding.
The Benefits of General Dentistry
Your dentist plays a significant role in maintaining your oral health and helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. General dental care includes regular cleanings and examinations that help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps prevent more severe health issues such as oral cancer, diabetes complications, arthritis, etc.
Patients must schedule routine visits with their dentists at least once every six months to prevent cavities and other oral health issues. By maintaining good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist for regular checkups, you can avoid serious and costly problems down the road.
General dentistry is the primary dental specialty that helps keep dental health in good shape. For the best dental care, contact David Kirkpatrick DDS at 870 NW Washington Blvd Suite A, Hamilton, OH 45013, or call (513) 868-3600.