Am I a Candidate for General Dentistry?
At L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts in Washington DC we begin treatment of any new or existing patient with optimal oral health as the foundation. What that means is simple: we look at everyone as a candidate for general dentistry. This is the area of dentistry that focuses on exams, cleanings and oral cancer screenings, and as your dentist Washington DC, we are going to consider you “qualified” for regular general dentistry treatments at least once or twice each year.
The Work of the General Dentist
A general dentist is someone who offers what is known as preventative dentistry. This is those cleanings, exams and treatments we just mentioned above. A general dentist is going to handle all of the essential care that keeps your teeth and gums from developing more serious, painful and costly problems. They are going to be the one who also figures out if you are showing signs of other issues as far ranging as TMJ or teeth grinding, and help you get these symptoms under control.
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It is vital to think of general dentistry as a foundational form of treatment. If you visit us to discuss teeth whitening or explore options for implants, we first look at you as a candidate for general dentistry. This is because we typically begin by doing all of the proper exams and doing any treatments needed. For instance, you might have some early decay that we treat or some gum disease that we get under control. It is only after any general dentistry is done that we start to look at esthetic issues.
The Benefits of General Dentistry
Keep in mind that being a candidate for general dentistry is a good thing. It ensures that you are maintaining a level of oral health that can offer many long-term benefits. For example, those who get cleanings and exams once or twice each year enjoy lower all around dental expenses because none of their issues expand or worsen. That little bit of decay is addressed immediately, so it doesn’t end up requiring a root canal and crown. The first signs of gingivitis are addressed properly and they don’t ever evolve in difficult to treat gum disease. You also experience far fewer instances of dental pain and/or emergency.
With general dentistry treatments, you also learn if your oral hygiene routine is doing what it should. Our team can talk with you about toothbrushes, flossing, toothpastes and rinses, and more.
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So, are you a candidate for general dentistry? Absolutely, and it is a great opportunity for ensuring long term oral health and wellness. Do you need to discuss this further? If so, just give us a call at our Washington DC office at 202-488-8300. You can also use our online contact form and one of our friendly staff will get back to you promptly.
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