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FAQs About General Dentistry

What does general dentistry include?

General Dentistry encompasses all of your regular, preventative dental care. A general dentist will be your primary dental care provider. Their goal is to provide you with regular cleanings, scan for oral diseases and cavities, assess your oral health, advise your cleaning habits, and administer general maintenance procedures such as fillings.

When to transfer from pediatric to general dentistry

There is no perfect time for your child to make the transition from his or her pediatric dentist to a general dentist. It is often good for your child to stick with the same dentist through their teenage years. Many people make the switch during or after high school, but some may even stick to the same dentist through college.

Why is general dentistry important?

General dentistry is critical to you dental health and by extension, your general health and well-being. If your teeth cleaning habits are resulting in poor dental health, you will not know until it is too late, unless you check in regularly with a professional. This applies to health concerns ranging from cavities to oral cancer. Preventative care is the most important step in ensuring a healthy mouth.

How often should you go to the dentist?

You should visit your general dentist regularly, though the definition of this may vary based on a number of factors. Individuals with preexisting factors such as pregnancy, smoking habits, cavities, or diseases ranging from gingivitis to oral cancer may require more frequent visits. However, average individuals are typically advised to visit their primary care dentist every six months.

How should you pick a dentist?

Choosing a general dentist is an important decision to make. Most people’s first instinct is to ask a trusted friend or family member for a recommendation. There is nothing wrong with this approach, but your social network is not your only resource. Asking other medical professionals such as your primary care provider or even your current dentist if you are relocating can be a great way to find a reputable dentist. Additionally, you can visit the ADA’s website to find a local dental society.


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