Preventive Dentistry

We are experts in caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. We want to help you avoid cavities, gum disease and feel confident with your smile. With a combination of effective hygiene routines at home and dentist appointments, there is no reason you can’t have the healthiest smile possible.

At General Dentistry Centers, we cater to a variety of different dental cases. Here are just a few ways we can restore your teeth at our location and aide you in maintaining your teeth at home.

Sensitivity

If your teeth are sensitive to cold foods or drinks, there may be a serious problem that needs to be addressed. We can help identify what is causing this discomfort. If not treated or properly identified, sensitivity will remain and may worsen. Extreme discomfort could signal the need for a root canal treatment, gum tissue graft, desensitizing toothpaste or concentrated fluoride gel.

Xylitol

A sugar substitute that is derived primarily from forest and agricultural products, Xylitol keeps a neutral pH level in your mouth. By preventing bacteria from sticking to teeth, it protects them from decay. Available in many forms, such as gums, mints, chewable lozenges and toothpastes, Xylitol can be easy to use for anyone. We can consult you about the product and how it could benefit your oral health.

Tooth Sealants

Sealants are a proven way to help prevent cavities. Although they do not substitute the need for proper oral hygiene, they do prevent bacteria from getting into the deeper crevices of a tooth’s biting surface. We recommend replacing tooth sealants as natural wear and tear may occur.

Fluoride

With the use of fluoride, a substance that’s found naturally in water, our patients have the best care in healthy tooth and cavity prevention.

Fluoride combats tooth decay in three ways:

  • It strengthens the enamel, a hard shiny substance that protects the teeth, so that it can better resist the acid formed by plaque.
  • Fluoride allows teeth damaged by acid to repair or re-mineralize themselves.
  • It reverses low levels of tooth decay and prevents new cavities from forming.

Cavities

cavitiesCavities generally develop in the “hard-to-see” places of your teeth, which are normally where you need to floss. When bacteria combine with food particles, they form plaque that adheres to your teeth. If left untreated, cavities will become larger and may require a root canal or tooth removal.

Causes of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay happens when plaque or bacteria come in contact and sit with the tooth. Adults tend to get cavities around old fillings, which may be cracked, rough around the edges or loose in the tooth. Children tend to get cavities with sugary items in their diet and poor oral hygiene. The bacteria, once fed with sugars, will begin eroding the enamel.

Other causes for tooth decay include:

  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Genetics

Oral Exam

New patients receive a comprehensive examination, which includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure and systemic disorders. We perform a routine oral exam on revisiting patients to determine any changes in dental and health statuses compared to the pervious visit. After a consultation and examination, we determine which one of our diverse options will better suit your oral health.

Brushing

tooth-brushBrushing is crucial for healthy teeth. It requires gently using a circular motion along the outer and inner tooth surfaces. Brush each tooth individually and always remember to clean your tongue as well! By practicing regular brushing at home, your breath will stay fresh and your teeth will be healthy.

Sonicare

For great teeth cleaning after your dental visit, we offer Sonicare. Sonicare’s unique, patented combination of high speed and extra wide sweeping motions create effective, yet gentle, dynamic fluid cleaning movements. You’ll experience excellent plaque removal, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as between and below the gum line. You can also count on having naturally whiter teeth and healthier gums.

Sonicare is excellent in battling gum disease, dry mouth, bad breath and tooth sensitivity. Its sweeping motion is very good in cleaning around dental restorations such as implants, crowns, veneers and braces.

Flossing

Flossing is key when practicing proper and healthy oral hygiene at home. We strongly encourage making this into an everyday routine to maintain healthy teeth. For the inexperienced flosser, we can show you tips on the proper ways to do it. By practicing and making flossing into a regular routine, your smile will stay healthy and beautiful.