Dentists provide a large variety of dental services that are important to maintaining a healthy mouth. What are some common dental services, how do they help, and how can you find out more about the services that your dentist provides?
Cleaning and Dental Hygiene
Dentists have specialty tools and materials that go far beyond the toothbrush. These tools, pastes, and other materials are used to clean your teeth, diagnose any issues that may be present in your smile, such as developing or existing cavities. A professional cleaning is a tool in itself – the dentist can thoroughly examine your teeth and figure out what else you can do to contribute to your oral health.
It is important to schedule regular cleanings, if nothing else, for the insight they can provide to your health and the fact that the dentist can use this opportunity to catch developing issues before they become a big deal – like gingivitis.
Sometimes, unhealthy teeth need to be removed, or a loose tooth refuses to let go. Your dentist can remove problem teeth in a single visit, with local or general anaesthetic (depending on your preferences and what options are available). Your dentist can then prepare you for implants, if needed, to keep your smile pristine.
Braces or Invisalign
Teeth that are twisted, have large gaps between them, or similar problems can lead to greater issues in the future and your dentist can help correct them before they get worse. Teeth get eased into line over a period of time, easing crowded teeth and leading toward a more natural chewing experience.
Your dentist can teach you about keeping your mouth healthy. If you have concerns about your oral health, including how to keep your teeth clean and cavity-free, your dentist can teach you what to do and how to do it. All you need to do is ask. During a check-up, as mentioned above, your dentist can also point out problem areas and tell you how to deal with them. Knowledge is power, and dentists have plenty of if to provide.
On that note, some dentist offices have educational materials for children that you can take to your own kids, if you have any, or to students and friends. Share the dental love!
How Do I Find Out About My Dentist’s Services?
Most dental offices also have a website that you can visit, which will give an overview of the services that the office offers, as well as providing contact information and all you need to know about the office. If the office doesn’t have a website then front desk staff can answer any questions that you may have about the dentistry services that may be available. Some may have pamphlets and other literature that you can take home and share with your family and friends.