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Benefits of General Dentistry

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Benefits of General Dentistry

Benefits of General Dentistry

You know how important it is to maintain good oral health, and you know that you should visit a dentist twice a year for checkups. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, though, many people neglect their dental care and do not reap the benefits of general dentistry. If you have not seen a dentist in a while, we urge you to make an appointment so you can be checked for cavities, gum disease, and other issues that could develop. You should also book a cleaning.

There are many benefits of general dentistry. First of all, your dentist is concerned with protecting your teeth and preserving your smile. Most issues, if caught in the early stages, can be easily fixed. A small cavity, for instance, can often be fixed in a matter of minutes, and even without the need for a local anesthetic. Left untreated, it can lead to the need for a deeper filling, root canal, or even an extraction. Simply stated, dental problems that are caught early on can be dealt with at little cost when compared with problems that have been allowed to develop.

Probably the most significant benefits of general dentistry are related to preventing issues like gum disease and oral cancer. Gum disease affects 8 out of 10 Americans by the time they reach the age of 45, and this is directly attributable to a lack of general dental care. Gum disease can be prevented. And when identified in its early stages, it is relatively easy to treat. The same is true of oral cancer. Fifteen hundred cases of oral cancer are identified every day in the United States. When found in the early stages, and treated, the prognosis for a full recovery is very good.

If you are still not convinced of the benefits of general dentistry, think about this – if you lose your teeth due to decay, you will not be able to enjoy the foods you love, and you will also probably feel very reluctant to smile. Missing teeth can make it very difficult to bite and chew, and can also have a detrimental effect on your appearance. With regular cleanings and checkups, you reduce the likelihood of tooth decay that can impair function and make you unhappy with your smile.

Contact Us

To enjoy the benefits of general dentistry, book an appointment with us. You can reach L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts by calling 202-488-8300 or by using the form on our Contact Us page. Our office is conveniently located at 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW #8210, Washington, DC 20024.

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