What Is General Dentistry?
The practice of general dentistry encompasses an array of routine dental services and procedures, all with the common goal of helping you preserve your smile and prevent gum disease and other issues. Routine exams, screenings, dental X-rays, fillings, and other minor procedures are included in general dentistry. At Hickman Family Dental, we’ll always go above and beyond to ensure your oral health is in pristine condition
General dentistry is the most essential part of dental care. Our Urbandale dental team is dedicated to oral health maintenance and prevention of disease and decay. Learn more about our general dental services below.
The Importance of General Dentistry
The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist twice a year, or every six months. Of course, many people don’t make dental appointments a priority, especially if they feel anxious about visiting the dentist. However, regular professional cleanings and exams can make a dramatic difference in both your oral health and the appearance of your smile.
There are five major benefits to general dentistry care:
- Prevention. With regular appointments, we can help prevent the onset of oral infections, gum disease, cancers, and other dental complications.
- Evaluation. During your regular visits, Drs. Erickson and Krehbiel can evaluate your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues around your mouth, offering tips to help you improve your oral health at home.
- Cavity detection. Spotting cavities at their earliest stages can help save your tooth. In some cases, we may even be able to reverse the infection entirely.
- Fillings. If we’re unable to reverse the infection, we can provide dental fillings to restore the tooth to its original function.
- Better overall health. Poor dental health can lead to other complications, from cardiovascular disease to stroke. Staying on top of your oral health plays a big role in your overall wellness.
What to Expect at Your Regular Dental Visit
When you visit our Urbandale office for your routine dental exam, here’s what you can expect:
Cleaning your teeth at home is an essential part of your dental care. But even the best of us have trouble reaching every area of our mouths consistently. The plaque in those hard-to-reach spots can harden and turn into tartar, making it tough to remove without professional tools.
Our dental hygienists will clean your teeth thoroughly. We’re able to easily take off the hardened plaque to prevent it from forming into cavities, as well as polish your teeth so they sparkle.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays are recommended once a year. While we do perform a visual exam at every visit, there are certain things that only an X-ray will be able to spot. Digital X-rays produce 75 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays. At Hickman Family Dental, we use a state-of-the-art laser cavity detector called a Diagnodent. Not only is it 95 percent accurate in detecting cavities, it’s completely painless.
As a part of your regular appointment, we’ll examine your teeth and mouth for potential issues. The exam is a vital part of your oral hygiene visit because we can often detect oral health problems or oral cancer before they begin to cause pain or serious damage.
The earlier an issue is detected, the faster we can recommend treatment options, if needed. You’ll be able to maintain a more beautiful smile and worry less about potential complications down the road.
Doing Your Part at Home
General dentistry begins at home. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and doing anything else recommended by our dental team. The more you keep up with your dental health, the easier it will be when you come in for your routine cleanings.
General Dentistry at Hickman Family Dental
If you’re in need of a new dentist in the Urbandale, IA area, our team at Hickman Family Dental would love to meet you. Our professional dental team will go above and beyond to ensure your smile and oral health are in great shape. Call us at (515) 276-4981 or fill out a contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.