Patients of Kurz Family Dentistry in Dacula, GA can count on the many different treatments and services that are part of general dentistry. Also known as preventative dentistry, this is a crucial area of oral healthcare, and we highly recommend a visit to a general dentist at least once each year.
You may already know that dental experts recommend at least one dental exam each year, with two being an optimal way to prevent dental issues. This is because dental exams stand as the best defense against tooth decay, gum disease and more. Patients who schedule dental exams in our dental office will enjoy complete cleanings along with the exams, and most will even have dental x-rays to expose even the earliest signs of bone loss, tooth decay and more.
Our patients receive gum evaluations to look for any indications of periodontal disease, and our hygienists and general dentist also look at each tooth, ensuring there is no pain or decay. Should you have restorations such as fillings or crowns, these too are visually examined for signs of trouble.
Oral cancer screenings are part of any exam, and during them we look at the soft tissue inside of the mouth, the lips and tongue as well as the face, neck and the throat.
Most adults over the age of 40 recall the old-fashioned approach to dental x-rays. This involved the use of stiff and even painful cardboard “wings” that had to be clamped tightly between the teeth, and at awkward angles before the x-ray could be taken. One false move and it had to be redone. The days of such inefficient and even inaccurate x-rays are done.
At our office we used high end technologies that include panoramic x-rays that capture clear imagery without any of the discomfort and risk of overexposure to radiation. This technology allows our team to look at the entire mouth, the jaw and even detect cancer, cysts and abscesses painlessly and quickly. Fast and comfortable, the device moves around your entire head and provides our dentist with perfectly clear images ideal for evaluating a variety of oral health issues.
Do you brush and floss each day? Do you do this twice each day? Maybe you brush and floss as you get up and then again before bed. This is ideal, and if you can squeeze in some oral hygiene after each meal, it is even better. However, even if you are this vigilant, it may not be enough to eliminate the different materials that can lead to tooth decay. This is the primary reason we encourage patients to book dental exams and dental cleanings in our office at least twice each year.
During your dental cleaning, our team is going to begin by removing the sticky plaque residues from the surface of the teeth. This is the material that can begin to create bacteria that leads to decay and disease. We also remove the tartar which hides beneath the surface of the gum and which can harden and trap bacteria behind it – leading to gum disease. We also floss and polish your teeth, eliminating any remaining bacteria and staining, before sending you home for another six months of optimal oral health.
What is your dental hygiene routine? Brushing and flossing each day is an optimal first step, and dong so several times per day is even better. If you also book dental cleanings and exams at least twice each year, your dental hygiene is probably excellent. Yet, even with patients who adhere to this solid routine for optimal oral health, we find that their techniques or routines may not be as effective as possible.
This is why we work with our patients to discuss the best dental hygiene habits, routines and products during each visit. We discuss their method for both brushing and flossing, show them any areas where we have discovered any plaque or tartar buildup, and then review their toothbrush, toothpaste and any other products. Toothbrushes come in different sizes and with different bristles, and we review these choices with patients. We also consider if an electric toothbrush is best. During any dental hygiene consultations we might also recommend specific products such as toothpastes or oral rinses.