What is general dentistry?
In addition to cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Jorge Paez in Las Vegas, Nevada also performs general dental procedures. General dentistry is done with prevention in mind. While oral hygiene is important, Dr. Paez will also look at ways to correct any dental problems. The biannual cleanings you should have every year can be filed under general dentistry.
What procedures are covered in general dentistry?
In addition to cleaning, general dentistry procedures also include:
All of these procedures are performed so that your teeth are healthy, but also so your smile is aesthetically pleasing. General dentistry may focus on prevention of different problems, such as tooth and gum disease, but it also keeps the cosmetic side of dentistry in mind.
How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
Though you should schedule dental appointments for thorough cleanings twice a year, nothing can help you more than good oral hygiene at home. Brushing twice a day, or after meals, with a soft bristle toothbrush and then flossing will greatly reduce plaque buildup that may lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. The cleanings you visit the dentist for include X-rays that can pinpoint where problems may be below the surface of the gum.
What does fluoride do for my teeth?
Most people are probably aware that the toothpaste you use contains fluoride. Most of the country's drinking water also contains some fluoride. Fluoride removes acid from the teeth and then "remineralizes" them. This reduces the chances of cavities and reverses early stages of decay. This also helps to strengthen the teeth against future decay. Fluoride keeps bacteria from metabolizing sugar, which keeps your tooth enamel from deteriorating.
If you are interested in finding out more about general dentistry in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, please contact the experienced staff at Nevada Dental Esthetics for an initial consultation by calling 702-737-3553 or completing the form on this page.