In general, dentists perform several services to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. These services and treatments address various conditions, from cavities to gum disease to oral cancer. General dentistry aims to prevent and treat common dental problems before they worsen or become painful and expensive.
At George J. Karr, DDS, general services include professional teeth cleanings, X-rays, and regular exams. Professional cleanings help remove plaque and polish the teeth, preventing decay and promoting healthy gums. Our dentist will check for signs of tooth decay or other problems, as well as the state of your oral health, during an exam. They will also talk to the patients about ways to improve their at-home hygiene routines and keep their smiles healthy and beautiful between visits.
What Should I Expect on My First Visit?On your first visit, our dentist will:
- Inspect your teeth and take X-rays to look for potential concerns.
- Perform an oral cancer screening to check for signs of cancer.
- Assess the health of your teeth and gums.
- Discuss your current oral hygiene routine and habits.
- Offer tips for improving your dental hygiene at home.
- Schedule your next checkup and cleaning based on your needs.
- Provide helpful handouts and resources to help you keep your mouth healthy.
Your dentist may also recommend additional screenings or services based on your unique needs and goals. You will likely receive professional teeth cleaning during your first visit as well. We recommend scheduling these appointments every six months for optimal oral health. These visits allow us to prevent common dental problems before they can develop and treat any conditions that may have already begun.
Benefits of General Dentistry
Better Overall Health
Besides healthy teeth and gums, general dentistry helps patients maintain better overall health. A dentist can identify signs of disease and provide guidance and treatment to help patients avoid conditions that can impact their overall well-being. Regular checkups can also help with the early detection of oral cancer. This means more treatment options and improved prognosis for many patients.
A significant benefit of general dentistry is better-looking smiles. Professional dental care can remove stains and discoloration on teeth that at-home whitening products can’t reach. Porcelain veneers can close gaps between teeth, cover chips or cracks, and even change the shape of your teeth. Plus, regular visits to the dentist can help you avoid gum disease, which can discolor the smile and lead to tooth loss. General dentistry also includes specific restorative treatments, such as fillings, that help strengthen and protect your teeth.
Visit George J. Karr, DDS, at 1590 NW 10th Ave #400, Boca Raton, 33486, or call (561) 368-9966 for the best dental care.