How attentive are you to your dental care? Too many people neglect their regular dental visits. Are you one of them? Regular dental care is crucial for your whole family. Even babies and toddlers should see a dentist as soon as they have teeth. Do you have a general dentist already? We're here to explain how general dentistry can help your entire family with their oral health. Read on to learn more.
CAVITY AND GUM DISEASE PREVENTION Any good general dentist knows how to help you and your whole family prevent cavities. They understand how badly cavities can affect your health, even if they're not in permanent teeth. When you get a cavity, it means that bacteria on and around your tooth have caused your tooth to decay. You'll develop small holes and the inside of your tooth will need to be cleaned and filled. Cavities can lead to gum disease. Gum disease isn't curable, so it's important to take care of your gums by maintaining good oral health. ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION Speaking of your oral health, general dentists will educate you and your family on how to take care of your oral care while you're at home between visits. Everyone knows how to brush their teeth, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any improvements that you could make. Dentists want you to have healthy teeth. They can talk to you about how to take care of your children's teeth, refer you to orthodontists if your teeth misalignment and jaw are putting you at risk, and determine any other potential risk factors so you can work on prevention at home. EMERGENCY CARE Good general dentistry practices offer emergency care when you need it. They may even offer extended hours so you don't have to suffer from pain, bleeding, or even cracks in your teeth longer than you have to. When you can see a dentist as soon as you need one you'll prevent further pain and damage and you'll be more likely to save the tooth. PEDIATRIC CARE Children have specific dental needs. You can start bringing your child to a dentist shortly after their first tooth shows up (before their first birthday). Your dentist can tell you how to brush your child's teeth and gums and talk to you about teething, among other things. When you start with a general dentist who also treats children, your child can grow up with the same dentist throughout their life. This can lessen dental anxiety (which will encourage your child to continue seeing a dentist in the future). GENERAL DENTISTRY: GOOD FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY If you want to take care of the oral health of your whole family, make sure to see a general dentist. You'll protect your family for life when you go to the general dentistry practice! Are you ready to start seeing a general dentist? At Westmount Dental Centre, we're prepared to meet your entire family's dental needs. Contact us to set up an appointment today.