General and family dentistry is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the overall oral health and well-being of individuals of all ages. At Cortez Dental, we provide general and family dentistry services that involve preventing, diagnosing, and treating various dental conditions and diseases. General and family dentists are primary dental care providers who offer a wide range of services to patients of all ages, from children to adults.
Types of Standard Procedures in General and Family Dentistry
Dental Examinations and Cleanings
Regular dental checkups are essential for oral health. General and family dentists perform comprehensive dental examinations to assess the overall condition of the teeth, gums, and mouth. They also provide professional dental cleanings to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains.
General and family dentists focus on preventative measures to help patients maintain optimal oral health. This includes educating patients about proper oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. They could also provide dental sealants to protect the teeth from decay and recommend fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel.
Gum Disease Treatment
General and family dentists diagnose and treat gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. They perform scaling and root planing procedures to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line and help restore gum health.
Oral Health Education
General and family dentists are vital in educating patients about maintaining good oral health. They guide proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as teach the importance of a healthy diet and the impact of lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking) on oral health.
The Benefits of General and Family Dentistry
Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
You can prevent cavities from forming in the first place by regularly visiting our dentist’s office. Even patients who brush twice a day and use floss can still experience problems with their teeth if they don’t see the hygienist twice a year. These visits give your teeth a professional cleaning and allow your dentist to spot any early signs of decay or gingivitis. If caught in its earliest stage, these problems can be reversed before they cause permanent damage to your gums or other oral tissues.
Keep Your Smile Looking and Feeling Fresh and Beautiful
Seeing a dentist allows you to get professional whitening treatments to keep your smile bright and beautiful. Professional whitening is more effective than over-the-counter products because it involves using highly concentrated bleaching agents that can remove tough stains that regular toothpaste can’t tackle. You’ll also love the benefits of getting professional teeth cleaning and polishing. Furthermore, our dentist can get deep between your teeth to clean them thoroughly without causing damage, leaving you with a fresh-feeling mouth that looks as good as it feels.
General and family dentistry focuses on comprehensive oral care to prevent dental problems, detect issues early, and provide appropriate treatment. We recommend visiting our general and family dentist at least twice yearly for routine checkups and cleanings to maintain optimal oral health. For more information, visit Cortez Dental at 43 W. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, CO 81321, or call (970) 565-9569.